New Clause 4 — Anonymity Of Suspects And Defendants In Certain Cases (No.2)

Part of Sexual Offences Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 5:00 pm on 3rd November 2003.

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'(1) Where an allegation has been made that a person has committed an offence listed in Schedule 3 to the Sex Offenders Act 1997, no matters relating to that person shall be included in any broadcast or publication that would result in his identification prior to such person being charged.

(2) If any matter is published or broadcast in contravention of subsection (1) the following persons, namely—

(a) the author or broadcaster, if the publication or broadcast took place with their consent;

(b) in the case of a publication in a newspaper or periodical, any proprietor, editor and publisher of such newspaper or periodical;

(c) in the case of any other publication, the person who publishes it; and

(d) in the case of matter included in any broadcast, any body corporate which is engaged in providing the service in which the broadcast is involved and any editor or controller of such broadcast

shall be guilty of the offence.

(3) Any offence hereunder shall be punishable

(a) on summary conviction by—

(i) a sentence of 6 months imprisonment,

(ii) a fine of Level 5 on the Standard scale,

(iii) or both;

(b) on conviction on indictment by—

(i) a sentence of 2 years imprisonment,

(ii) a fine,

(iii) or both.'.—[Mr. Grieve.]

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