Wales

BBC show drops man cleared of manslaughter after complaints

Daniel Jason Shepherd Image copyright Athena Pictures
Image caption Daniel Shepherd was cleared of manslaughter by a jury in 2016

A mother who campaigned for a BBC TV show not to feature a man who was cleared of her son's manslaughter, has welcomed its decision to drop him.

A jury at Swansea Crown Court found Daniel Shepherd, from Skewen, had acted in self-defence when he punched Jonathan Thomas outside a pub in 2015.

Mr Thomas died in hospital an hour after the Swansea city centre incident.

Businessman Mr Shepherd was filmed but later dropped from the series Young, Welsh and Pretty Minted.

The first episode was due to be broadcast in early December but was removed from the schedules.

'Extremely insensitive'

It was made by an independent production company for BBC Wales.

Writing on Facebook, Mr Thomas' mother Julie Thomas said she was "shocked" when she was told by South Wales Police about the programme and felt the inclusion of Mr Shepherd was "extremely insensitive".

In an update on social media, Ms Thomas said she was delighted to learn the programme had now been rescheduled and Mr Shepherd "will not be featured at all".

She thanked people who had complained to the BBC by email and phone call.

A BBC Wales statement said: "Programmes like this often change many times before broadcast - and Young, Welsh and Pretty Minted is no exception.

"We will confirm our broadcast plans for BBC Wales and BBC Three shortly."

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