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Complainant Name:
Mr Kevin Dodson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Mr Kevin Dodson of Orpington complained that an article written after his brother-in-law’s parents – Mr and Mrs Groves – had been found dead in their home misleadingly stated as fact that Mr Groves had killed his wife and then taken an overdose after he had been unable to cope with his wife suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The inquest into their deaths established that Mrs Groves had died of ‘natural causes’ and that Mr Groves had died from alcohol poisoning.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published an apology with the following wording to the complainant’s family:

Mr & Mrs James Groves

An inquest in Croydon found that Mr and Mrs James Groves died on the same day, she from natural causes and he from alcohol poisoning. This is contrary to our story of May 15, based on an earlier briefing from a senior source, which suggested he might have taken his wife’s life and then committed suicide. We apologise to the family for the distress caused by our report.

Report: 74



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