Friday, June 6, 2014

Name suppression in Irish court-martial

The following appears in the Irish News account of a pending court-martial for sexual assault:
The military court sitting at McKee Barracks in Dublin yesterday heard the private – who cannot be identified by direction of trial judge Col Michael Campion – sexually assaulted the woman while on 24-hour duty in the Republic with her and a supervising corporal. [Italics added.]
Can some reader in Ireland explain why the accused's name should be suppressed in a case of this nature? Is name suppression typical for accuseds (absent a security concern)?

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