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Complainant Name:
Mr John Leather

Clauses Noted: 1, 3, 5

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

Mr John Leather complained through Guile Nicholas solicitors that an article reporting that he was allowed to leave Broadmoor to go to his father’s funeral was inaccurate when it suggested that he ‘may have targeted hundreds of kids’ and ‘stalked many others’; that the trip cost £1000; and that he was snubbed by his family. Concerns were also raised that the photographs used were in breach of Clause 3 (Privacy) and the newspaper had failed to handle publication sensitively in breach of Clause 5 (Intrusion into grief and shock).

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper sought to explain that the details under dispute were in the public domain as a result of a previous article published in another newspaper. However, the complainant agreed to resolve the matter after the newspaper amended its records to reflect the following: that the complainant denied any involvement in stalking; denied targeting hundreds of kids; and that his solicitor said the cost of the trip was around £300.

Report: 72



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