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Complainant Name:
Stephen Davies and Eleanor Parker

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian

Complaint:

Stephen Davies and Eleanor Parker complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper's online 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 removal of the online article and the publication of the following statement in the ‘Corrections and clarifications' section of the newspaper's website:

An agency report of the acquittal at Swansea crown court of Stephen Lee Davies, who had faced an allegation of rape, stated that he was cleared after arguing he was suffering from the condition known as sexsomnia. Although the court heard evidence that 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 this matter. The article has been deleted (Sexsomnia sufferer cleared of rape, 4 July 2011).

Date Published: 27/09/2011



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