High Court judgment rules that Triple child killer David McGreavy can be named

04.06.13 |

An order granting anonymity and other reporting restrictions to a prisoner convicted of murdering three children in 1973 has now been lifted by the High Court. David McGreavy brought a judicial review challenging a decision of the Parole Board not to recommend his transfer to open conditions.


Barrister Guy Vassall-Adams represented a consortium of media organisations led by Associated Newspapers Ltd in their application to challenge the order granting anonymity.


McGreavy argued that unless there was anonymity and reporting restrictions he would be at risk of being killed in prison or that his progress towards release would be imperilled if he had to stay in a vulnerable prisoners unit for his own safety. The Court held that there would no real and immediate risk to his life arising from publicity and that he could do the recommended course for him in a vulnerable prisoners unit. Open justice was a fundamental principle of the rule of law and there was a strong public interest in M being identified. The Court also recommended that urgent consideration should now be given as to how the media is put on notice of applications for reporting restrictions in the Administrative Court.


A Divisional Court consisting of Lord Justice Pitchford and Mr Justice Simon handed down their judgment. To view this judgment please see here


See further details: BBC, The Telegraph, The Guardian and Daily Mail

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