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Complainant Name:
Stephen Davies and Eleanor Parker

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph

Complaint:

Stephen Davies and Eleanor Parker complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper's report of Mr Davies' acquittal for rape was misleading. The complainants' said that the piece suggested that Mr Davies defence was that he was suffering from sexsomnia at the time of the alleged attack when, in fact, his position was that the incident did not take place. The jury's decision was not "Not Guilty by reason of Insanity" (which would have been the case if his sexsomnia was an issue) but a straight-forward "Not Guilty" verdict for all charges faced.

Resolution:

The newspaper argued that the article under complaint - one of two online pieces published on the hearing - made clear that Mr Davies had been acquitted by the jury and did not state that he had raped or otherwise had sex with the alleged victim. While the newspaper did not accept that there had been a breach of the Code, it was mindful of the complainants' position and the matter was resolved when it arranged for the permanent deletion of both articles on the subject and undertook never to republish them.

Date Published: 27/09/2011



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