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Complainant Name:
Mr Sean McGrath

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Yorkshire Post


Mr Sean McGrath complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had wrongly reported that he had been bullied into working 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 misleading 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:

Report on drug dealers' sentence

A PRESS Association report of the sentencing of drug dealers Roy Sawyers and Carlos Wilmot at Portsmouth Crown Court on October 11 wrongly stated that Sean McGrath was bullied into working for them. We would like to make clear that this was not the case.

Mr McGrath, a housemate of Nathaniel Smith, was blamed by Sawyers for allowing the tenancy on their address to run out. Mr McGrath was beaten by Sawyers, who also forced Mr Smith to cut Mr McGrath with a knife.

Date Published: 02/12/2013

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