Australian Women’s Weekly’s photo error labels innocent man as murder accused

An image of the photo in the AWW magazine which incorrectly labels Simon Webb as Michael O'Neill.

An image of the photo in the March edition of  AWW magazine which incorrectly labels Simon Webb as Michael O’Neill.

The Australian Women’s Weekly has admitted it has wrongly captioned a photograph of a Melbourne man labelling him as “the accused” in the murder of interior designer Stuart Rattle.

Editor-in-chief of Australia’s biggest paid for magazine Helen McCabe told Mumbrella that AWW – which has a circulation of more than 450,000 – made an error labelling a photo taken at a social event which featured Rattle with Melbourne architect Simon Webb.

The captioning on the image wrongly labels Webb “the accused” and incorrectly names him as Michael O’Neill, who was the partner of Rattle, and who now faces a murder charge over the death.

McCabe told Mumbrella: “The Weekly takes the matter very seriously and has had a full investigation into how the error occurred.

“I would like to add that through all our discussions Mr Webb has been most gracious and I am thankful for the manner in which he has handled the matter.”

McCabe did not elaborate on how the error occurred.

Attempts by Mumbrella to contact Webb were unsuccessful, however, associates of the businessman have said that he was deeply upset by the error. At this stage it is unclear whether he will he will take legal action.

Nic Christensen and Alex Hayes 


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