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Complainant Name:
The Family of James Taylor Jnr and Plymouth Brethren Christian Church

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


The Family of James Taylor Jnr and Plymouth Brethren Christian Church complained through their lawyer to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate allegations that James Taylor Junior had sexually assaulted an individual in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following statement from the complainants on the newspaper's website:

"Since publication of this article, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church and the family of James Taylor Junior have issued the following statement:

"We were not even notified of, let alone permitted to participate in the application made by Mr Robertson to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority which led to an award over allegations that he had been raped by the then leaders of the PBCC, James Taylor Junior. The allegations which led to the award were not properly investigated.

When Mr Robertson previously made his allegations to the PBCC, it went to great lengths to investigate. On the testimony of a considerable number of people and the facts surrounding Mr James Taylor Junior's visit to Kilmarnock in 1970, those allegations were found to be untrue. We deny absolutely the allegations made by Mr Robertson, and believe them to be a complete fabrication and utterly without foundation."

Date Published: 18/09/2013

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