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Complainant Name:
Mr Terry Lubbock

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun


Mr Terry Lubbock of Harlow complained that an article inaccurately described a meeting between him and Michael Barrymore. He had not, as was implied, absolved Mr Barrymore of all responsibility for his sons death during that meeting. Moreover, the claims in the article that injuries to his sons body were caused after it was taken away from Mr Barrymores property could not in the complainants view be substantiated. Overall, the newspapers account of the meeting between the complainant and Mr Barrymore was highly selective and biased.


The matter was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant:

In January you published an article claiming Id forgiven Michael Barrymore for any involvement in my son Stuart's death. In fact, Ive never accused him of the attack which four pathologists, the coroner and police all say happened.

Your article didnt reveal the continuing dispute between us - discussed at our meeting - as to where the assault happened.

You reported that Stuart could have been assaulted after his body was removed from Mr Barrymores home, although an investigation by Essex Police in 2003 proved that Stuarts injuries happened at Mr Barrymores house.

Essex Police have now agreed to re-open the investigation. Analysis of the case casts doubt over whether Stuarts body was ever in the swimming pool, suggests evidence of a cover-up of how Stuart died and shows Essex Police bungled the £8 million investigation into his death. Ive now asked the Independent Police Complaints Commission to recommend an outside police force carry out the re-investigation. I still want Mr Barrymore to tell police the whole truth about the night Stuart died.

Report: 74

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