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Complainant Name:
Mr Christopher McLean

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Press & Journal (Aberdeen)

Complaint:

Mr Christopher McLean of Aberdeen complained that a court report had misrepresented his plea, which contained legal parlance conveying that there was no contact with the kicks to the boy’s back, or with the jotter to any part of the boy’s body.

Resolution:

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

'Further to a recent article (‘Man hit boy with jotter in playground’, 29 June), we have been asked to make clear that Christopher McLean, of 12 Kingswood Avenue, Kingswells, Aberdeen, accepted, at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, on 28 June 2007, that he knocked a six year old boy to the ground by striking him on the face, but denied that he made any further contact with him when he then repeatedly kicked at him in the region of the lower back and struck out towards him with a jotter. This plea was accepted by the Procurator Fiscal.'

Report: 75



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