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Complainant Name:
Mr Terry Lubbock

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

Mr Terry Lubbock of Harlow complained that an article inaccurately described a meeting between him and Michael Barrymore. He had not, as was implied, absolved Mr Barrymore of all responsibility for his son’s death during that meeting. Moreover, the claims in the article that injuries to his son’s body were caused after it was taken away from Mr Barrymore’s property could not – in the complainant’s view – be substantiated. Overall, the newspaper’s account of the meeting between the complainant and Mr Barrymore was ‘highly selective and biased’.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant:

In January you published an article claiming I’d ‘forgiven’ Michael Barrymore for any involvement in my son Stuart's death. In fact, I’ve never accused him of the attack which four pathologists, the coroner and police all say happened.

Your article didn’t reveal the continuing dispute between us - discussed at our meeting - as to where the assault happened.

You reported that Stuart could have been assaulted after his body was removed from Mr Barrymore’s home, although an investigation by Essex Police in 2003 proved that Stuart’s injuries happened at Mr Barrymore’s house.

Essex Police have now agreed to re-open the investigation. Analysis of the case casts doubt over whether Stuart’s body was ever in the swimming pool, suggests evidence of a cover-up of how Stuart died and shows Essex Police bungled the £8 million investigation into his death. I’ve now asked the Independent Police Complaints Commission to recommend an outside police force carry out the re-investigation. I still want Mr Barrymore to tell police the whole truth about the night Stuart died.

Report: 74



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