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North-West weekly wins fight to name teen convict

A weekly newspaper successfully appealed against a court order which prevented a teenage tearaway from being named.

The Warrington Guardian managed to overturn a section 39 order which had been imposed to prevent the identification of 18-year-old Jamie Kewley.

The youth had been convicted at Warrington Crown Court in January and jailed for two years for threatening a 16-year-old with a hammer and stealing his moped.

He had taken cocaine and was drunk but rode the moped without a helmet during the incident in October, even riding it directly towards police officers.

Reporter Matthew Hobbs had been in court for the sentencing, when he got back to the office he realised, from the court list, that an order had been put in place and the judge had banned any details which may have identified him being published as he was 17 when he committed the offence.

News editor Gareth Dunning said they originally tried to overturn the order before they went to press.

Said Gareth: “We were adamant the order was wrong so we wrote to the judge outlining that it was wrong and he lifted it two weeks later.”

Editor Nicola Priest said: “We are delighted with the judge’s decision.  Now Kewley is 18, there is no reason his name should not be made public.

“One of the main principles of justice in this country is that it should be carried out in public.

“His offences were extremely serious – and it is not the first time he has done this.

“It is right the community should know who he is and what he has done.

“Our journalists will always challenge courts where we feel the wrong decision has been made.”

Jamie Kewley’s latest crime followed a pledge during a court appearance in 2010 that he was turning his life around.

He was given a referral order after being involved in an attack where a man’s head was stamped on.

His co-defendant was jailed for six months and banned from driving for a year.