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Complainant Name:
Mr Harry Cichy

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Independent

Complaint:

Mr Harry Cichy complained to the Press Complaints Commission on behalf of Mr Terry Lubbock, the father of Stuart Lubbock, about an interview with Michael Barrymore, in which he discussed Mr Lubbock's death at his home in 2001. The complainant expressed concern that the article had omitted information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

Resolution:

The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following apology:

An interview with Michael Barrymore on 29 December set out his belief that Stuart Lubbock, who died at a party in 2001 at the entertainer's home, sustained his injuries in hospital after his death. The fact that Essex police concluded in 2003 that the injuries occurred before Stuart's death was edited out of the published article; we are sorry for its omission. A representative of Stuart's father, Terry Lubbock, has also asked us to point out that Essex police later re-affirmed that conclusion and in 2009 an IPCC report criticised aspects of the initial investigation including a failure to ensure testing of blood deposits at the property.

and the addition of the following footnote to the online article:

The fact that Essex Police concluded in 2003 that the injuries sustained by Stuart Lubbock occurred before his death was regrettably edited from the version of this article that first appeared in the Independent. We are sorry for that omission. A representative of Stuart's father, Terry Lubbock has also asked us to point out that further police investigation in 2007 led Detective Chief Superintendent Gareth Wilson of Essex Police to conclude that Stuart "received very serious injuries the night he died and the evidence arising from our current investigation suggests they occurred from the address in Roydon". A subsequent IPCC report criticised aspects of the initial police investigation, including a failure to preserve evidence, including blood deposits, at Mr Barrymore's property.

Date Published: 18/02/2013



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