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Complainant Name:
Mr and Mrs Lowe

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Leicester Mercury

Complaint:

Mr and Mrs S M Lowe of Leicestershire complained that an article reporting that their son, Daniel, had been detained under a Mental Health Act hospital order inaccurately reported the details of his court hearing.

Resolution:

The newspaper published a correction making clear that Daniel was subject to a hospital order rather than ‘jailed’ as the headline of the article inaccurately stated. On the other points raised by the complainants, the newspaper obtained a copy of the court transcript which showed that the article did indeed contain an inaccuracy. To this end, the newspaper published the following correction:


We have been asked to point out that in our March 9 report on the sentencing of Daniel Lowe, 19, of Frobisher Close, Hinckley, we inaccurately quoted the comments of psychiatrist Dr Jane Radley.

Dr Radley was asked about a restriction which means that Mr Lowe - who suffers from a form of autism - cannot be discharged from hospital care without the approval of a Mental Health Tribunal. Dr Radley replied: "I'm not entirely convinced that that is absolutely essential." She did not say: "I think that is absolutely essential" as we incorrectly reported.

We are happy to set the record straight and apologise for any distress this mistake caused.

The complainants explained that Daniel suffered from Aspergers Syndrome, the symptoms of which were severe impairment in social interactions; difficulty with visual contact and facial expressions; difficulty in developing friendships; and a lack of emotional reciprocity. However, they made clear that Daniel was to receive the right care and therapy programme in hospital that would help him with his development.

Report: 73



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