The editor of the Yorkshire Post has explained why he did not name the 15-year-old charged with stabbing a teacher to death in Leeds.
Police last night charged the teenager with the murder of long-serving Spanish teacher Ann Maguire at the city’s Corpus Christi Catholic College on Monday.
Prior to the charge being brought, the suspect was named in yesterday’s edition of The Sun newspaper, which argued that it had every legal right to identify him.
However the editor of the two regional dailies which cover Leeds has explained why his papers did not do the same.
Speaking to HTFP before last night’s charge, he said: “He”s innocent in the eyes of law until he’s found guilty. He’s under 16 so as soon as he goes into the legal process his identity will be protected.”
Jeremy said the coverage of the case had highlighted the distinction drawn between the national and regional media by Lord Justice Leveson in his report last year.
“This absolutely underlines the differences between the practices of the national media and the local media which were exemplary in their behaviour and which should therefore not be subject to any modifications to press freedom,” he added.
A spokesman for the Sun said: “The Sun was within its legal right to name the suspect in the Leeds case and felt it was a matter of public interest.
“We remain committed to informing our readers of the whole story where we are free to do so.”
As well as being published in the Sun, the 15-year-old’s name has also been widely circulated on social media.
The teenager will appear at Leeds Youth Court today and then at Leeds Crown Court for a bail hearing tomorrow
Peter Mann, head of the complex casework unit at CPS Yorkshire and Humberside, said: “A 15-year-old male was arrested in connection with this incident and has been interviewed under caution by police.
“Having carefully considered all of the evidence presented to us by West Yorkshire Police, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge this youth with the murder of Ann Maguire and that it is in the public interest to do so.”