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Scottish Sun apologises for using image of wrong man as ‘Breaking Bad’ killer Alexander Pacteau


By John McCarthy | Opinion editor

August 13, 2015 | 2 min read

The Sun has issued an apology for publishing an image of another man as murderer Alexander Pacteau on Wednesday.

Both the Sun and its Scottish sister title used a picture of a male in the yellow rubber jumpsuit and breathing mask, as made famous by Breaking Bad, giving readers the impression that it was Pacteau.

The image was also used in the online edition of the article entitled “Truly evil - Karen’s killer inspired by grisly scene in Breaking Bad” (paywall). It has however been replaced with an image of the killer.

An apology was issued in today’s (Thursday 13 August) Sun, it read: “Yesterday’s report of the conviction of Alexander Pacteau included a photograph of a man in a Breaking Bad outfit said to be Pacteau.

“In fact, the picture was of a man completely unconnected to the crime and to any wrongdoing. We apologise for the error.”

Pacteau earlier this week pled guilty to the murder of 24-year-old Irish student Karen Buckley.

A Sun spokesperson told The Drum the picture error "was a complete accident", pointing out that the newspaper had apologised and published a correction.

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