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Complainant Name:
Mrs Rita Restorick

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday

Complaint:

Mrs Rita Restorick of Nottingham complained about an article which contained a reference to the murder of her son, Lance Bombardier Stephen Restorick in Northern Ireland in 1997. She raised the following points of concern: the article had spelt her son’s name incorrectly as ‘Steven’ when his name was spelt ‘Stephen’; the lady to whom her son had been speaking was not ‘hounded out of her home’ by local republicans but left because she found it upsetting to pass through the checkpoints which brought back the memory of the murder; that this lady did not have ‘impeccable republican credentials’; that the person jailed for her son’s murder was one of the sniper’s accomplices and was released after 16 months rather than 18 months; and the man he named as Stephen’s killer was not ‘convicted and jailed’ for the crime as there was no forensic evidence to support the claim. The complainant wrote to the newspaper asking it to publish a correction these points.

Resolution:

The newspaper published an edited form of the complainant’s letter addressing her concerns regarding the time served by the sniper’s accomplice. The complainant felt that this exacerbated the situation as she did not expect an edited version of her letter to be published. The complaint was resolved after the newspaper, and journalist involved, sent the complainant private letters of apology.

Report: 73



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