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A woman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: South Wales Echo


A woman complained that an article reporting on the jail sentence of the man found guilty of raping her inaccurately stated that the assault had begun as consensual sex.


The newspaper accepted that there was no suggestion that the assault had begun as consensual sex and apologised to the complainant. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following apology:

On August 2 and 24, 2007, the South Wales Echo published details from a court case at Cardiff Crown Court where Spencer Collings was jailed for three years for raping a young woman.

We have been asked to point out that at no stage during the incident did the victim consent, as was suggested in the articles. We apologise for any distress caused by our report .

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