|Ireland||JUDGE SLAMS PUBLICATION OF NAMES OF SEX ABUSE ACCUSED|
A judge presiding over the case of a group of Christian Brothers on sexual abuse charges has called for the suppression of names and addresses of the accused, following the assault of a brother about to face the court.
Speaking in the Irish city of Tralee, Judge Humphrey Kelleher said that the publicity of the previous sitting of the court was "in clear breach of the Criminal Procedures Act of 1867".
Mr Ronnie Lynham, solicitor for one of the defendants, asked Judge Kelleher to make an order prohibiting the press from reporting the names and addresses of all the defendants. He said there was an order banning the publication of details of one of the defendants and he asked that this order cover all five defendants.
"One of the defendants has been subjected to a vicious and violent attack on his premises. If there is to be repeated publication of their identity they will be in fear of being subjected to attack," said Mr Lynham.
Another of the defendents, an 83 year old brother, was not in court because he had suffered a stroke. Defense counsel Mr Seán Ó Donnabháin claimed that "an extraordinary amount of publicity may have precipitated the stroke".
Irish Times 2:20pm 24/9/99