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Sunday 21 September 2014

TV3 rapped for 'Death in Bray' programme

Mary Fogarty

Published 23/08/2014 | 00:00

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Leonie Fennell

A COMPLAINT made against TV3 over its 'Death in Bray' programme on the deaths of Shane Clancy and Sebastian Creane in 2009 has been partly upheld by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

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The complaint was made by Leonie Fennell (pictured), mother of the late Shane Clancy, who killed Sebastian Creane before taking his own life on August 16 that year.

'A Search for Justice: Death in Bray,' aired on TV3 on March 10.

Ms Fennell said that it included CCTV of Shane's final hours, which she did not know existed.

She added that a 'journal' attributed to her son did not exist.

TV3 denied telling Ms Fennell she could retract her interview, and said she signed release forms. When on the day before the broadcast she wanted to back out, it was too late, they said.

The BAI found that TV3 did not demonstrate due care towards Ms Fennell, but rejected complaints that comments in the documentary had made a correlation between a criminal act and Shane Clancy's mental health.

'I was happy with the BAI decision,' said Ms Fennell. 'However, I do feel that I shouldn't have had to go to so much effort to try get TV3 to admit wrongdoing.'

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