Crown appeals over decision to name Luke

By Hamish Mackay

The Crown Office is to appeal against a court decision which cleared
the Press and Journal, Aberdeen, of breaking the law by identifying
a15- year-old schoolboy accused of murder.

The newspaper’s publisher, Aberdeen Journals, was found not guilty
at Aberdeen Sheriff Court last month of breaching the Criminal
Procedures (Scotland) Act after it took the decision to name Luke
Mitchell as the teenager charged with the murder of schoolgirl Jodi
Jones.

The case hinged on whether proceedings were active when the paper published Mitchell’s name.

No date has yet been set for the appeal hearing.

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