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Complainant Name:
Mr David Sutton

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian


Mr David Sutton complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The complainant was concerned that the newspaper had published quotations from the trial of Neil Wilson in the context of court cases involving the rape of children. This was inaccurate and misleading as Neil Wilson had not been charged with or convicted of rape. He had been convicted for sexual activity with a child. The complainant was concerned that the inaccurate reporting of the case might result in fewer offences being reported to the police.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following footnote to the article, the underlined section of which was hyperlinked to the judgement:

This article was amended on 6 December 2013 to remove from the opening paragraph two quotes from the case of Neil Wilson which had been wrongly used in the context of rape. It was further amended on the 28th of February 2014 to clarify: Neil Wilson was accused of (and pleaded guilty to) sexual activity with a child, not rape.

Date Published: 14/03/2014

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