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Complainant Name:
Stephen Davies and Eleanor Parker

Clauses Noted: 1

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

A clarification

On July 6th we carried a report of the acquittal at Swansea Crown Court of Stephen Davies, who had been accused of rape (Sexsomniac is cleared of rape, Western Telgraph July 6th 2001). The report stated that Mr Davies was cleared after arguing that he was suffering from the condition known as 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 this matter.

The following was also published on the newspaper's website:

A clarification - Stephen Davies

On July 6th we carried a report in the Western Telegraph of the acquittal at Swansea Crown Court of Stephen Lee Davies, who had been accused of rape (Sexsomniac is cleared of rape, Western Telegraph July 6, 2011). Details of the trial, prior to the verdict, were also published online. The report stated that Mr Davies was cleared after arguing that he was suffering from the condition known as sexsomnia. Although the court heard evidence that Mr Davies may have suffered from this condition, his defence was that he did not have sex with the alleged victim. We are happy to clarify this matter.

Date Published: 06/10/2011



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