The Crown will ask to lift a publication ban on the family of Nathaniel McLellan’s tragic suicide case, after his family said it was “unacceptable” that his image was still being published. The 19-year-old took his own life after dating someone who lives in the public eye. The initial complaint was filed by McLellan’s mother, who is a former Miss England finalist, against The Daily Star, The Mail on Sunday, Evening Standard, The Sun, Hello Magazine, and Hello! UK in February this year. She reportedly said in court that her son “traced his movements online from the paper to any service provider” with the help of a common “chip-and-pin.” The family has found that news about McLellan had spread since McLellan died. They said that the story had included his bullying record, that he had “liked” the words “Death is Fun” on social media and that he “liked” that the documentary Maniac was made about his life. News that McLellan had taken his own life was considered “irrelevant” to the publication.
“The [Crown] will seek to challenge any permanent ban imposed on the transmission of material that the complainant has relied upon as a result of the complaint and would, if successful, lead to the publication of unidentifiable or irrelevant material in the public domain, which potentially sets a bad precedent for future individuals and applicants to make similar applications against the provision of any articles, reports, blogs or reports.”
His mother, Bernadette McLellan-Duncan, first noticed that her son had been bullied after he returned from her pageant in 2011. According to the court documents, McLellan had lived through, “his sister suffering the abuse at the hands of John [Reuben Williams, when he was 16] as well as flashbacks of him being bullied on numerous occasions.” She was nominated for Miss England in 2009, but according to trial documents, the abuse started after her victory.
The teen told the court that he was bullied by Williams through the course of their relationship. Because Williams is a model and held down demanding jobs, McLellan said he felt pressurized to attend school without work because of his responsibilities, and that he became scared of disclosing how he was being bullied. She said she was unaware of the bullying of McLellan’s future wife, just two weeks before the teen committed suicide.
These allegations were brought up by McLellan, and Williams denied them. The case is scheduled to continue on October 29th.
Read the full story at The Independent.
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