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Complainant Name:
A man

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Southport Visiter

Complaint:

A man from Southport complained that the newspaper had suggested that a charge of assault against him had been dropped only due to lack of evidence, and had not made it clear that evidence supporting his case had been heard in court, and that the judge had ordered that a not guilty verdict be entered on the records.

Resolution:

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

On Friday, November 6 the Southport Visitor published an article about the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service not to proceed with a case in which a man, who was not named, was accused of assaulting Katie Toner. In the article, Miss Toner's family expressed their concern that the case was not going to go before a jury.

The CPS stated that the decision was taken on a view that the evidence available was insufficient to secure a conviction.

However, we have been asked by the defendant in the case - who denied the assault throughout - to make it clear that the judge presiding over the proceedings then ruled that a formal verdict of not guilty be entered on the records. We are happy to do this.

Date Published: 80



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