Gloucester-based daily The Citizen and its companion website Gloucestershire Live have now named 17-year-old Calen Gaze, left, after the Court of Appeal ruled it was in the public interest to reveal his identity.
The Citizen made the appeal afterthe court sentenced Gaze to four years detention for causing grievous bodily harm with intent on a 13-year-old boy.
It followed an appeal by his victims’s family against the original punishment of community service and a youth rehabilitation order, on the grounds that it was too lenient.
Lord Justice Fulford, presiding over the appeal hearing, said the attack had resulted in “terrible injuries that will have a fundamental change” on the victim’s life.
The victim, now 15, had at least 10 bones broken in his skull and needed surgery to put in place a titanium mesh in his eye socket as well as a titanium plate.
He can never play contact sports again because of the surgery for fear of severing an optic nerve.
The Citizen had applied for the anonymity order to be lifted on the grounds that naming Gaze would act as a deterrent to others.
Editor Jenny Eastwood told HTFP: “The law on child anonymity is there for a reason and we do not ask to lift restrictions lightly and only in cases we feel truly warrant it such as this one.
“This young victim and his family have been through such an ordeal since his attack and yet the person who assaulted him was not only given a light sentence but he was also able to hide behind the law when it comes to his identification.
“Thanks to our challenge, this is no longer the case and we hope the tougher sentence will bring the victim’s family some comfort after their battle for justice.”