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Complainant Name:
Mrs Lurline Deslandes

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mirror

Complaint:

Mrs Lurline Deslandes complained to the Press Complaints Commission through Tuckers solicitors that an article had inaccurately referred to her late son as being the victim of a ‘gang' shooting. In fact, the fatal shooting was unconnected to any gang activity and none of the complainant's children (including her murdered son) had any affiliation or association with gang culture.

Resolution:

The newspaper said the error had come about because the man responsible for the murder, Saturday Hassan, had previously been referred to as a gangster. However, it understood the complainant's concern and the complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated publication of the following correction and apology in the newspaper and on its website, under the heading "Darren Deslandes":

In an article of 16 April we referred to the tragic death of Darren Deslandes, who was murdered in 2009. Contrary to our report, his death was not the result of a "gang" shooting. We are sorry for the error and for any distress caused.

Date Published: 29/06/2011



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