Notorious killer who wants to move to open prison granted anonymity by High Court judge using human rights lawsJudge ruled that allowing convicted man, who has spent decades in prison, to be publicly named could 'endanger his life'Details of the man’s offending cannot be
revealed to the public by order of the court
James Slack And Jack Doyle
20:55 GMT, 23 January 2013
14:04 GMT, 24 January 2013
Mr Justice Simon has used human rights laws to give anonymity to a notorious killer who is seeking to be moved to an open prison
A judge has used human rights laws to ban the identification of a notorious killer who wants to be set free.
The man – whose crimes shocked the public years ago – is currently challenging a Parole Board decision refusing him a transfer to an open jail with limited security.
This is typically the last step taken by killers before they are freed back on to the streets.
Yesterday the high court sparked fury by saying the man might be in danger if other inmates found out his identity.
Mr Justice Simon, sitting in London, rejected submissions from the Press that granting the killer anonymity was setting a precedent for other high-profile prisoners to seek anonymity.
Quincy Whitaker, making the no-names application, told the judge there was ‘a serious likelihood of a serious attack’ on the man if his identity were revealed.
She argued this would infringe his rights under the 1998 Human Rights Act to not have his life endangered or be subject to inhuman or degrading treatment.
The judge said the Press Association, which appealed to have the ban lifted, had ‘raised some important points’ – but added that he was satisfied he should grant the anonymity order.
He reserved judgment on the killer’s challenge to the Parole Board decision.
The judge continued previous orders that have hidden the man's identity over several years
A senior politician, who represented
the family of the killer’s victims, told the Daily Mail: ‘People will be
outraged to find out that his case is being held in secret.
'It is hardly a way for the public to be reassured that the justice system is on their side and not that of the criminals.’
Peter Cuthbertson, of the Centre for
Crime Prevention, added: ‘Transparency is essential if public confidence
is to be maintained. By granting anonymity to violent offenders, the
courts prevent the public scrutiny of justice that is vital to our