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Complainant Name:
Ms Judith Goeden

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Surrey Mirror


Ms Judith Goeden of Caterham complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which reported on her son's court case contained a number of inaccuracies. She was particularly concerned that the article described her son, who was epileptic, as ‘mentally ill'.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated a personal letter of apology to the complainant's son, a follow up article raising awareness about epilepsy, and the following correction:

We would like to point out that epilepsy is a neurological disorder, not a mental illness as stated in the article in the Surrey Mirror dated September 2 covering Ashley Goeden, the subject of a court case. We apologise for any distress caused.

Date Published: 02/03/2011

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