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Complainant Name:
David Lant

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mirror

Complaint:

David Lant of HM Prison, Knox Road, Norwich complained that an article was inaccurate when it claimed that – after he and Robert Mawdsley had tortured and killed a paedophile in Broadmoor Hospital in 1977 – Mawdsley “broke open the man’s skull and then ate part of his brain”. The complainant provided a copy of the autopsy report on the murder, which showed that the brain-eating allegation was incorrect.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper – which had made clear that the allegation had existed unchallenged within the public domain for a lengthy period of time – appended the following to its internal database for future reference:

An article of 2 March 2009 stated that, after Robert Mawdsley and another patient had tortured and killed a paedophile in 1977, Mawdsley “broke open the man’s skull and then ate part of his brain”. We have now been informed that the autopsy report into the death made clear that the “skull is intact and the brain shows no gross evidence of injury”.

Report: 79



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