This week we have covered the case of Ian Watkins (who pleaded guilty to child abuse offences) and James Baines, who received a suspended sentence for tweeting photographs purporting to be of Jon Venables.
We noted that the names of the two co-defendants of Mr Watkins were not named. This was not an oversight in the press, but is as a result of the way the law operates to protect the victims of sexual offences (namely the children of the two co-defendants).
We also noted that the Court in the case of Mr Baines warned that breaches of Court orders are taken very seriously and almost always results in a custodial sentence.
Why are we saying this? Well, Dominic Grieve, the Attorney-General, tweeted the following today:
The law is clear. Anyone naming the co-defendants is breaking the law and may find themselves up in Court before being sent to prison. If you’re tempted to tweet or re-tweet the above information, don’t. You have been warned!