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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Editorial: Criminals must be exposed

The privacy of vicious convicted criminals in this country is over-protected. The public has no right to photographs of criminals who are likely to be a threat to public safety.

In other jurisdictions, the authorities furnish the media with official photographs of the offenders, but here the best we can hope for is sketch by a court artist.

The recent shocking case of a 30-year-old Polish sex offender who subjected his victim to a horrific ordeal and then masturbated in court when she gave evidence is a glaring example.

A court sketch would be the only available image of this man had it not been for a photographer who managed to get a clear shot.

Surely ordinary people are entitled to see the face of criminal who poses such a threat in the interests of public safety. Justice Minister Alan Shatter must tackle this immediately.

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