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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Argus (Brighton)


A woman complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had inaccurately stated that her brother had pleaded guilty to raping a female patient, when he had actually pleaded not guilty and intended to appeal.


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

On October 29 The Argus reported that former nursing assistant David Dickson had been jailed for eight years after pleading guilty to the rape of a patient. We are happy to clarify that Mr Dickson, 51, who worked at Woodlands psychiatric unit at the Conquest Hospital, Hastings, had denied a charge of rape, attempted rape and three charges of indecent assault. Mr Dickson was convicted of the offences and jailed after a trial at Lewes Crown Court.

Date Published: 25/02/2010

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