Child sex slur 'disgusting': mum
THE mother of a man shot dead on the Gold Coast has demanded an apology from two Queensland newspapers over front-page stories that claimed her son was involved in child prostitution and pornography.
Her request has been backed by local police, with Detective Superintendent David Hutchinson describing the reports as "totally untrue" and saying The Gold Coast Bulletin and The Courier-Mail should be held accountable.
The case comes amid increasing attention on media ethics in the wake of the News of the World scandal in the UK.
Colin Edgar Lutherborrow, 36, was shot and left to die in the middle of a main road in Broadbeach two weeks ago. A man has since been arrested and charged with his murder.
The day after Mr Lutherborrow's death, The Gold Coast Bulletin's front page claimed the victim was "known to have lured under-age girls into prostitution and pornography". The victim was incorrectly named as Colin Luther-Brown.
News Limited stablemate The Courier-Mail reported in a front page story the same day that police were probing a "child porn link" in the "revenge shooting", however the victim wasn't named.