A man who was arrested but never charged in connection with a child grooming and prostitution investigation will go to the UK’s highest court this week to stop newspapers identifying him.
The case brought by the man, known only as PNM, is a test for open justice and is being challenged by The Times. The 2012 investigation in the Oxford area ended with seven convictions. PNM was not party to the criminal trial but his name emerged in evidence.
At his request an order was made under section 4(2) of the Contempt of Court Act 1981 preventing the publication of identifying details until further notice. He then applied for a privacy injunction, arguing that being identified would interfere with his rights to protect his private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights because he would be regarded as guilty even though he had not been charged or prosecuted.
We ourselves had an example of this principle in action:
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