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Complainant Name:
Mr Martin Cundy

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Northern Echo

Complaint:

Mr Martin Cundy of Darlington complained that an article on the subject of an assault, of which he had been the victim, was inaccurate. He argued that it implied that he had been responsible for being attacked due to being inappropriately involved with the complainant’s girlfriend. It also wrongly suggested that he received his injuries while falling over a fence when trying to escape.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following apology:

“On May 17, 2007, The Northern Echo reported that former soldier Paul Varga, of Heathburn Court, Newton Aycliffe, admitted assaulting Martin Cundy. Teesside Crown Court was told that the assault took place after Varga discovered Mr Cundy in his girlfriend's home in the early hours of the morning. In a statement to police, read out in court by the prosecution, Mr Cundy said that he fell asleep on the sofa and woke to find Varga attacking him. Mr Cundy wishes it to be known that nothing untoward happened between him and the defendant's girlfriend. We have also been asked to make it clear that Mr Cundy's injuries of a shattered nose, black eyes , sore jaw, badly swollen lip, cut chin and split head resulted from the violent assault and not from him falling over a fence in his attempts to escape the attack, as wrongly suggested in our report. We are happy to set the record straight and apologise for any misunderstanding about how Mr Cundy sustained his injuries.”

Report: 75



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