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Complainant Name:
Liz Sutherland

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Highland News


Liz Sutherland complained to the Press Complaints Commission that a photograph of her son had been inaccurately used to illustrate an article about two assaults committed by a young boxer. The picture was identified (including on the front page) as showing the perpetrator, but her son had not been involved in the incidents in any way.


The matter was resolved privately between the parties following the complaint to the PCC when the newspaper made written and verbal apologies to the complainant, put in place safeguards to prevent such an error recurring, and published the following correction and apology, under a genuine picture of the man convicted for the assaults:

The city boxer branded a thug and bully

This is Inverness boxer Ryan Watt who was last week convicted at Inverness Sheriff Court of assaulting two men in separate incidents in a city centre pub, leaving them scarred for life.

Watt (18) was described by Sheriff Ian Abercrombie as a "young thug" and "playground bully" for the unprovoked attacks on December 8 and 9 in the Smith and Jones pub which left both of his victims with fractures to bones in their faces.

In our coverage of the court case last week, the Highland News published an incorrect photograph which was of another club boxer who we mistakenly identified as Ryan Watt. This was due to an error in our photography department.
To clarify matters, this week we are publishing the correct photograph of Ryan Watt and we wish to apologise to the other boxer and his family for any upset or anxiety caused by the error.

We also wish to make it clear that no club member other than Watt alone was involved in the assaults.

Date Published: 12/04/2010

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