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Complainant Name:
Ms Kathryn Crook

Clauses Noted: 1, 12

Publication: Liverpool Echo


Ms Kathryn Crook complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the article - which reported the sentencing of the man who murdered her son - inaccurately reported what had been said by the judge, creating the misleading impression that her son had sexually assaulted his attacker, when in fact the jury had rejected any such suggestion. She also expressed her concern that that the reference to her son's homosexuality was discriminatory.


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

On December 17, we reported that Ian Cunliffe, 41, had been jailed for life for the murder of John Crook, 31, with whom he had lodged in Mill Lane, Wavertree.

It was stated that Mr Justice Clarke had told Cunliffe that he took into account that he had claimed he attacked Mr Crook because he had been provoked as his victim had made sexual advances. This was incorrect.

In fact, what the judge said he had taken into account was a psychiatric report referring to Cunliffe being sexually assaulted when he was a child.

We apologise to Mr Crook's family for any distress caused by the error.

Date Published: 01/03/2010

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