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Complainant Name:
Mr Irving Gracie

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Scottish Sun


Mr Irving Gracie complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Code. The complainant's son was the driver of a car involved in an accident, and had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving. The complainant was concerned that the article - reporting the grief expressed by the family of a teenager who had been killed as a result of the accident - had used the term "boozed up" to describe his son. Whilst expressing sympathy for the family of the deceased teenager, he said that the description was inaccurate and misleading - as although his son had consumed a small amount of wine that evening - he was found to be under the legal alcohol limit for drink driving. He said that - by including the description "boozed-up" - the article had gratuitously sensationalised a tragic accident.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC helped to negotiate publication of the following correction:

Further to our article on January 23rd, "Dad's agony as car crash killer caged", we would clarify that Irving Gracie, the driver of the car involved in the accident, was not "boozed up" as reported but was in fact under the legal drink-driving limit, a fact that was accepted in court.

The newspaper also removed the term "boozed up" form the online version of the article and noted the complainant's concerns for future reference.

Date Published: 07/05/2010

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