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Complainant Name:
Ms Sandra Sims

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Echo (Southend)

Complaint:

Ms Sandra Sims, the mother of Darran Sims, complained that a series of articles about her son’s trial and conviction for causing death by dangerous driving were biased and had misleadingly implied that her son had failed to disclose (to his employer c2c) that he suffered from epilepsy prior to the accident. In fact, he was not diagnosed until after the tragic incident. Mr Sims had not driven a train or a car since.

Resolution:

The newspaper argued that it had covered Mr Sims’ trial fairly. A subsequent article – reporting on his sentencing – had made clear that his epilepsy was not diagnosed until after the accident. While the complainant had outstanding concerns, the complaint was resolved by the publication of a summary of the case on the Commission’s website.

Report: 78



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