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Complainant Name:
Richard Baker

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Milton Keynes Citizen

Complaint:

Mr Richard Baker complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had incorrectly claimed: that he had been freed from prison; that he put Rohypnol in women's drinks; that he had committed sexual offences in Spain; and that the Spanish police had investigated reports of rape against him.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction in the newspaper and on its website:

Our recent article about convicted rapist Richard Baker (Serial rapist may walk city streets, 29 September) reported that he drugged women with Rohypnol and attacked them while they were unconscious. In fact, the claim that Baker drugged his victims did not form part of the prosecution's case at his Old Bailey trial in 1999. We have also been asked to clarify that the offences for which Baker was convicted were not perpetrated in Spain, nor were Spanish police responsible for his arrest. We are happy to clarify the position, and apologise for the inaccuracy.

Date Published: 15/02/2012



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