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Complainant Name:
Mr Craig Halliday

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: South Wales Evening Post

Complaint:

Mr Craig Halliday complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the publication of an article which had, in his view, breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

In particular, the complainant said the article headline (‘Pervert painted room pink to lure girl, 12, into sex activity') was misleading, as the allegation that he painted a room in his house pink related to a previous allegation; furthermore, the complainant said that it was inaccurate for the article to have reported - in relation to his latest case - that he spent the night in a hotel room with a 15 year old girl.

Resolution:

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

‘The Evening Post published a report on Friday, May 18, on the trial of Craig Simon Halliday under the headline ‘Pervert painted room pink to lure girl, 12, into sex activity'. This headline was inaccurate because it combined two separate offences by Mr Halliday. We apologise for the error'.

Date Published: 28/09/2012



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