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Sex Offence Trials (Disclosure Of Information)

Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will inquire into the circumstances in which the occupation, that of a family doctor, of an acquitted defendant in a recent rape offence trial at St. Albans Crown court came to be disclosed, mindful of the fact that by virtue of this disclosure there was danger that his identity would also be disclosed.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances the home of the acquitted defendant in the case of Regina v. Carvalho came to be disclosed at Winchester Crown court notwithstanding the provisions of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1976 with regard to the anonymity of defendants in rape offence cases; and if he will make a statement.

The defendant in this case was charged with and subsequently acquitted of a number of offences of indecent assault. As this is not a rape offence, as defined in the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1976, the relevant provisions regarding anonymity of defendants in rape offence cases did not apply.