There are some out there who think name suppression and a culture of silence is important when people are arrested. It is the same belief that leads celbrities and sports people before the courts to suddenly become afraid of their own names.
The other school of thought is that by naming suspects it could bring other victims forward. This is certainly the case in the UK where on-going investigations into celebrity sex fiends is cutting a swathe through the celebrity ranks.
The Stuart Hall case shows why suspects must be named when arrested or charged, open justice campaigners said yesterday.
At the time of his arrest, the shamed presenter’s lawyers criticised the Press for identifying him, citing the Leveson report which called for a ban on naming suspects held by police.
But Lancashire detectives confirmed that publicity surrounding Hall’s arrest led to further victims coming forward.
The former BBC radio and TV star, who had initially denied the allegations, later admitted a string of sex offences against girls.
Philip Davies, a Tory MP on the Commons culture committee, said: ‘This is a prime example and perfect reminder for people as to why an open system of justice where people are informed about who’s been arrested or charged is so important.
‘It can encourage other victims to come forward and make sure those people who are guilty of offences are brought to justice.
‘By maintaining any secrecy over arrests or charges, the only people who benefit from that are criminals who could use it to get away with crimes they have committed.’ Read more »