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Complainant Name:
Stephen Davies and Eleanor Parker

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Metro

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 complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following statement in the newspaper:

Stephen Lee Davies

On July 4, we reported the acquittal at Swansea Crown Court of Stephen Davies, who was accused of rape. Our report said Mr Davies was cleared after arguing that he suffered from sexsomnia. Although the court heard evidence that Mr Davies may have suffered from the condition, his defence was that he did not have sex with the alleged victim. We are happy to clarify our report, which was based on information supplied by the Press Association.

This statement was also appended to the online version of the article:

Correction

In the above story we reported the acquittal at Swansea Crown Court of Stephen Davies, who was accused of rape. Our report said Mr Davies was cleared after arguing that he suffered from sexsomnia. Although the court heard evidence that Mr Davies may have suffered from the condition, his defence was that he did not have sex with the alleged victim. We are happy to clarify our report, which was based on information supplied by the Press Association.

Date Published: 27/09/2011



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