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Complainant Name:
Stephen Davies and Eleanor Parker

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: South Wales Echo


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.


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

Stephen Davies: Clarification

Further to our article of 5 July headlined "‘Sexsomnia' man found not guilty" we have been asked to point out that the jury found Stephen Davies not guilty of rape and, although he did admit to having sex with partners previously while asleep, and denies having sex with the alleged victim, the jury did not make a specific finding that he had sex while suffering with sexsomnia.

Date Published: 27/09/2011

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