Trevor Gibbon, pictured left, was convicted in June 2015 of killing Alison Morrison by stabbing her 33 times after a long-running neighbour dispute.
But Gibbon’s partner Maria Perrett claimed her privacy had been breached after The News, Portsmouth, and the Belfast Telegraph reported on proceedings from court.
The articles in question were published during Gibbon’s trial, before he was convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison.
There was one reference to the complainant in both articles: “Gibbon and his partner, Maria Perrett, rebuffed repeated attempts by the council and police to broker better relations…”
The complainant, who had no been present in court, said that the statement was inaccurate, and that the inclusion of her name represented a breach of Clause 3 and Clause 9.
The News said in response that its article had been based on copy supplied by a national news agency, which had had a reporter in court.
On receipt of the complaint, the agency had confirmed that the reference complained of was an accurate report of what was heard in court and the complainant, who was genuinely relevant to the story, had been mentioned repeatedly as part of the prosecution case.
The Bel Tel said the complainant had been mentioned repeatedly in court and it was satisfied that it had not breached the Code.
Neither complaint was upheld, and the adjudications can be found here.