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Complainant Name:
Mr Sean McGrath

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The News (Portsmouth)


Mr Sean McGrath complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had wrongly reported that he had worked for two drug dealers in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. He also expressed concern that the article had given the inaccurate impression that events had taken place at a university halls of residence.


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


A court report published in the News on October 11 under the headline 'Drug dealers jailed for savage beating of university student' detailed how Carlos Wilmot and Roy Sawyers had beaten and tortured University of Portsmouth student Nathaniel Smith after forcing him to act as their drugs runner. The article described how Sawyers had also assaulted Sean McGrath, who we said had also been forced to distribute and deliver drugs. We would like to clarify that Mr McGrath had not been used by Wilmot and Sawyers for this purpose.

We would also like to point out that Mr Smith was not staying in a room in the university's halls of residence at the time he was a victim of the offences.

We are happy to set the record straight and apologise for any wrong impression created.

Date Published: 21/11/2013

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