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Complainant Name:
Mr Robin Evans

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Citizen (Gloucester)


Mr Robin Evans complained that the newspaper had inaccurately referred to him as a former friend of the man who was charged with assaulting him, and had also misquoted the claims that man had made in court regarding the circumstances of the assault.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper agreed to publish the following statement:

In a report about the conviction of Nicholas Dyson on 29 August 2009, we incorrectly stated that Dyson told the court that things had turned sour between him and his assault victim, Robin Evans, when Mr Evans thought "something was going on" between Dyson and Dyson's ex-girlfriend, Sasha Jones.

In fact, Dyson said things had turned sour when Mr Evans thought "something was going on" between Dyson and another woman, not Ms Jones.

We also suggested that Mr Evans and Dyson had been former friends.

In fact, Mr Evans told the Court that although he had known of Dyson for many years, he denied that they had ever been friends, a claim made by Dyson.

We are happy to make the position clear.

Report: 80

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