Judge grants lifelong anonymity to brothers who tortured two boys – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2016 in anonymity, news, torture, young offenders by sally

‘Two brothers who beat and tortured another pair of boys when they were aged 10 and 11 will remain anonymous for the rest of their lives, a court ruled on Friday.’

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The Guardian, 9th December 2016

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Naming your Abusers – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 24th, 2016 in anonymity, human rights, local government, news, privacy, sexual offences by tracey

‘Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council [2016] EWHC 2864 (QB).The right of a claimant to name the people who abused her prevailed over the rights of the perpetrators and others to private and family life.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd November 2016

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Man jailed for harassing Adam Johnson’s victim on Facebook – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2016 in anonymity, harassment, news, sentencing, victims by sally

‘The former partner of Adam Johnson’s sister has been jailed for 16 weeks for harassing the ex-England footballer’s child sex victim in a series of Facebook posts. A judge found that Steven Knox, 30, from Sunderland, caused the 15-year-old alarm or distress by posting photos of her online and urging others to share them after Johnson was convicted of sexual activity with her.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2016

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Regina v Sardar (Anis Abid) – WLR Daily

Posted November 8th, 2016 in anonymity, appeals, conspiracy, disclosure, evidence, explosives, law reports, murder, witnesses by sally

Regina v Sardar (Anis Abid) [2016] EWCA Crim 1616

‘The defendant was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and, as an alternative count, conspiracy to cause an explosion. It was the Crown’s case that the defendant had been directly involved in the construction and/or deployment of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), one of which had caused the death of an American soldier near Baghdad in September 2007. The defendant’s case was that he had been acting in lawful and proportionate defence of Sunni communities who were under threat from Shia militia; his fingerprints had been found on two of the bombs, although not the one which had resulted in the fatal explosion. The defendant was convicted of murder and conspiracy to murder; no verdict was sought on the alternative count of conspiracy to cause an explosion. He appealed against conviction on the ground, inter alia, of fresh evidence from two anonymous witnesses (C and D) who were now available to give evidence as to the frequency and quality of attacks by the Shia militia on the Sunni communities and the need for the Sunnis to act in self-defence. C and D were prepared to disclose their identities to the court and, within a strict “confidentiality ring”, to counsel for the Crown, the Crown Prosecution Service lawyer and two senior investigating officers with undertakings that there should be no further disclosure to anyone. However, the Crown was not prepared to give such undertakings. The defendant applied for an order under section 87(3) of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (which required the defendant to inform the court and the prosecutor of the identity of the witness) for anonymity measures to be put in place. It was submitted that although the “prosecutor” had to be informed, that did not necessarily envisage disclosure beyond the person of the prosecutor.’

WLR Daily, 18th October 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Four men given lifelong anonymity amid fears of jigsaw identification of child – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 8th, 2016 in anonymity, children, injunctions, news, reporting restrictions, sexual offences by sally

‘Four men who were the subject of interim injunctions over suspected child sexual exploitation should have their anonymity protected for life after no action was taken against them, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd November 2016

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Rape suspects to lose right to know accuser’s identity under new bill – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2016 in anonymity, bills, disclosure, news, rape, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Rape suspects will lose the right to be told the names of their accusers in stranger cases under a move to change the law on sexual assaults. Campaigners claim victims of serious sexual crimes by strangers are frequently put in unnecessary danger by police officers disclosing the name of the accuser to the accused.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2016

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Newspapers warned of heavy fines if they identify sex case victims – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2016 in anonymity, disclosure, fines, media, news, victims by tracey

‘Media lawyers have warned that the next national newspaper found guilty of identifying the alleged victim of a sexual assault is likely to face a six-figure penalty, following the latest case, which has resulted in an £80,000 fine for the Telegraph.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2016

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Third-party JR funders must be allowed anonymity – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 26th, 2016 in anonymity, judicial review, news, third parties by sally

‘Third-party funders in judicial review proceedings should be identified to defendants only in exceptional circumstances, the Law Society has said in response to government plans to require anyone contributing more than £3,000 to declare their identities.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th August 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Rugby star accused of raping girl he met on Tinder cleared of all charges – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 10th, 2016 in anonymity, internet, news, rape, sexual offences, sport by tracey

‘A rising English rugby star, who was accused of raping a girl he met on the Tinder dating app, has been cleared by a jury in just over an hour.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th August 2016

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Pensions Ombudsman anonymity move will protect individuals, but could lead to vexatious claims, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 13th, 2016 in anonymity, complaints, news, ombudsmen, pensions, vexatious litigants by sally

‘The UK Pensions Ombudsman has begun publishing adjudicators’ opinions and formal ombudsman determinations on its website and will make the complainants anonymous in most cases.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th June 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

‘Revenge porn’ threats could be made a crime in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘The threat of circulating “revenge porn” would be criminalised and the evidence threshold lowered to bring England and Wales in line with Scottish law, under changes to be proposed by a former Lib Dem cabinet minister.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2016

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Adult Defendant Anonymity in Criminal Proceedings – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted June 10th, 2016 in anonymity, news, reporting restrictions, trials by sally

‘Should defendant anonymity be granted to prevent reputational damage?
The current position for adult defendants is that the media will generally be able to report the name of a defendant facing a criminal charge. Anonymity will not be granted to defendants on the basis of embarrassment or stigma, harassment or economic loss caused by the publication of their name in criminal proceedings.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 9th June 2016

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Victims of forced marriage to receive lifelong anonymity – The Guardian

Posted June 7th, 2016 in anonymity, bills, forced marriages, news, victims by tracey

‘Victims of forced marriages in England and Wales are to be given anonymity for life under amendments to the policing and crime bill.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2016

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Examining the effectiveness of celebrity injunctions – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Is the Supreme Court’s decision in PJS v NGN [2016] UKSC 26, [2016] All ER (D) 135 (May), as Lord Toulson suggests, out of touch with reality? Sara Mansoori, barrister at Matrix Chambers, considers the wider consequences of the case and suggests that even when information is in the public domain, the law of privacy can prevent repetition of that information where such repetition can cause unwarranted distress.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th May 2016

Source: www.halsburyslawexhange.co.uk

Daily Mail publisher fined £40,000 over pixellated photograph – The Guardian

Posted May 13th, 2016 in anonymity, child abuse, fines, guilty pleas, media, news, victims by tracey

‘Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Daily Mail, has been fined £40,000 after pleading guilty to identifying a man who claims to be the victim of a VIP paedophile ring.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2016

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Undercover police denied automatic anonymity at inquiry – BBC News

‘Undercover police officers facing claims of wrongdoing will not automatically get anonymity at a forthcoming major public inquiry.’

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BBC News, 3rd May 2016

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Police try to keep rapist’s identity secret to protect his human rights – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 29th, 2016 in anonymity, human rights, immigration, news, rape by tracey

‘Police tried to protect the identity of a Polish rapist because of racial tensions between locals and eastern European migrants in the area.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th April 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Court of Protection orders continued reporting restrictions after death – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Court of Protection has just ruled that where a court has restricted the publication of information during proceedings that were in existence during a person’s lifetime, it has not only the right but the duty to consider, when requested to do so, whether that information should continue to be protected following the person’s death.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 27th April 2016

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Woman who died after ‘losing sparkle’ cannot be named, court rules – The Guardian

‘The court of protection has declined to name a 50-year-old woman who died after refusing life-saving kidney treatment because she said life had lost its “sparkle”.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2016

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Angela Wrightson case: Can children be natural born killers? – BBC News

‘Two teenage girls have been detained for torturing and murdering a vulnerable woman in north-east England. But when a child deliberately kills, what is to blame? Is it possible some children are simply bad? Or are there other factors at play?.’

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BBC News, 8th April 2016

Source: bbc.co.uk