AIBU, can someone please explain this to me as i just can't understand it

(56 Posts)
nooka Sun 27-Jan-13 07:47:21

Sorry I didn't mean in general, of course I know it is in the European Convention, I meant with regard to prison sentencing and publicity. Simply because it's not something I've heard of before, so I wondered if this was a uniquely NI interpretation. The timing seems odd too, given the man was sentenced in December, so would there not have been some public notice at the time? In general anonymity appears to be applied very very sparingly in court (I thought it was just minors for defendants) so it does seem quite different from the norm (and wouldn't he be on the sex offenders register too?)

I can't comment on the sentencing because there aren't enough details. That is an entirely separate thing from the anonymity issue.

I think it comes down to whether you believe the psychiatrist's report. The judge obviously did and made his decision in light of that. Suicidal people do sometimes succeed in killing themselves and the suicide rate in prisons is massively higher than in the general population. The courts have a duty of care to protect his right to life, whatever he has done.

courtsareadisgrace Sun 27-Jan-13 08:36:54

Here is the report from the BBC website

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-21199386

From what I can see he blackmailed a teenaged girl into having sex with him? Or video sex over the internet?

Disgusting and disgraceful. But his name will come out.

What a fantastic use of the legal aid system.

CinnabarRed Sun 27-Jan-13 09:25:32

I think, legally, the crime of which this man has been convicted is irrelevant to this ruling for anonymity.

For all we know another person convicted of an entirely different crime but equally at risk of suicide would also have been granted anonymity.

Of course criminals would prefer to keep their names out of the papers, but the vast majority wouldn't kill themselves over it.

And he wouldn't be free from risk on prison suicide watch: prisons are notoriously bad at protecting prisoners from self-harm.

curiousuze Sun 27-Jan-13 09:35:56

Many many sex offenders are not identified, to protect the victim's anonymity. This is just anonymity for a different reason.

curiousuze Sun 27-Jan-13 09:45:01

Posted too soon - I meant that he will still be tried, convicted and sentenced, his name will still be on register, only difference is that press can't publish his name. So he is still receiving punishment. Many sex offenders are not named in the press for a variety of reasons.

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