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Stop protecting the anonymity of teenagers convicted of violent crime

Comment 10th July 2010

Amend the law which grants the right of anonymity to young offenders so that it does not apply to those aged 13 or over convicted of the most serious crimes, such as murder, attempted murder and grievous bodily harm.

The law should be protecting the victims of these crimes, not the perpetrators.  What is more, the public should have the right to know the identity of someone who has been convicted of committing a very serious crime in their community.

By the age of 13 someone should be well aware that such crimes destroy the lives of the victims and the victims’ families and should thus suffer the full consequences of their actions.  The perpetrators of these crimes are violent thugs, not sweet, innocent ‘children’ who need mollycoddling and protecting, and the law should reflect this.

Why does this matter?

The law needs to stop protecting people who commit serious violent crime.  If someone has shown themselves to be willing and capable of committing acts of extreme violence, they are not in need of any protection, regardless of their age, as they quite clearly pose a greater threat to society than society does to them.

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