Saturday 21 April 2018

Phone hacking inquiry: 'A person's reputation shouldn't die with them'

Martin Evans

THE parents of a murdered schoolgirl yesterday told how negative reporting following her killing had led their teenage son to take his own life.

Margaret and James Watson told the Leveson Inquiry into press standards how their 16-year-old daughter, Diane, had been stabbed to death by fellow pupil Barbara Glover at Whitehill Secondary School in Glasgow in April 1991.

Three months later Glover was convicted of murder. She was released in January 2000. But they said inaccurate and hurtful reporting of the case had compounded their pain.

Mrs Watson told the inquiry they were "in no doubt" that misreporting of their daughter's murder had "contributed directly" to the suicide of their 15-year-old son Alan in December 1992. Alan was holding copies of articles about his sister when his body was found, the inquiry heard.

Mrs Watson told the inquiry: "Just because a person has died, their reputation shouldn't die with them.

"They shouldn't be besmirched at the will of a sick journalist." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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