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Complainant Name:
Mrs Annette Woolley

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Dorset Echo


Mrs Annette Woolley complained to the Press Complaints Commission, under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice, that the newspapers had published inaccurate reports of the inquest into the death of her partner, Mr Derek Smith.


The complaint was resolved after the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction, in both publications, and amendments to the online article:

‘In an article about Mr Derek Roger Smith, 'Questions over drug used by cliff faller ' (Dorset Echo, February 20) we stated that Mr Smith had been described at his inquest as a depressed man with a history of depression.

We are happy to acknowledge that no evidence was given that Mr Smith was depressed or had a history of depression.

The inquest heard that he was happy and enjoying life prior to suffering from pain, sleep deprivation and feelings of anxiety caused by complications arising from dental surgery.

The article also stated that Mr Smith had confided in Ms Woolley that he had been to the cliffs several times with the intention of committing suicide in the weeks leading up to his death.

We would like to make clear that she told the inquest that he had driven twice to West Bay during Wednesday night, which was three nights before his death and two days after starting a new medication.

We would like to apologise for any distress caused to his partner, Annette Woolley, family and friends.

For the full amended version of the inquest report, please see Dorset Echo's updated report of Mr Smith's inquest, which is available online.'

Date Published: 07/07/2014

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