Reporting ban on murder reduced

Reading Evening Post chief reporter Jason Collie has challenged reporting restrictions on a murder trial at Reading Crown Court and had some of them lifted, writes Sarah Lagan.

Judge Lingret had tried to place a section 42 blanket ban on the reporting of the trial of Nicholas Ward. He was accused of murdering Michael Wood, who was stabbed to death in 2001. It was thought that reporting certain facts would prejudice another trial under the contempt of court act.

Collie persuaded Judge Lingret to reduce the ban to restrict only specific facts in the trial.

The reporter said: “It’s better to have limited coverage of a serious murder trial that we have been working on for three years than to have to wait for several months.”

The trial started on Monday.

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