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Complainant Name:
Mr Richard Pepperell

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Wales on Sunday


Mr Richard Pepperell complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an interview piece in which a woman spoke of sexual abuse at the hands of his father, Alexander Pepperell. The complainant was concerned that the article failed to make clear that Mr Pepperell, who is now deceased, always denied the allegations and that, on appeal, his convictions were ruled unsafe by the Court of Appeal.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following apology:

On 4 September, we published an interview with Kate O'Neill in which she spoke of sexual abuse at the hands of her uncle, Mr Alexander Pepperell, who is now deceased. We would like to make clear that Mr Pepperell always denied Ms O'Neill's allegations and that, on appeal against his convictions, the Court of Appeal ruled them unsafe on the basis that subsequent evidence might reasonably have affected the jury's decision. A retrial was not ordered due to Mr Pepperell's age and health issues, and he was released as well as being removed from the Sex Offenders' Register. We are happy to make this clear and apologise to the family of Mr Pepperell for any distress caused.

Date Published: 30/11/2011

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