Post wins right to name teen killer


The Bristol Evening Post has won the right to name a teenage murderer who stabbed a man to death last October.

The paper successfully challenged a Section 39 order which prevented the press naming 17-year-old Brian Grady. Crown Court reporter Geoff Bennett argued: “The prospect of being named in court, with the accompanying disgrace, is a powerful deterrent and the naming of the defendant in the context of his punishment serves as a deterrent to others.”

The judge, Mr Justice Keith, in lifting the order, said: “The purpose of removing Brian Grady’s anonymity is not to name and shame. Its purpose is that the public has the right to know the identity of a 17-year-old convicted of such a terrible crime.”

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