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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

 

Alan Jones faces jail over juvenile’s naming

‘Sydney radio broadcaster Alan Jones is facing a possible jail term after he was found to have broken the law that prohibits the naming of juvenile witnesses in court cases.

In July 2005, the 2GB talkback host named a boy who had given evidence at a murder trial.

The boy was allegedly aged 14 when he witnessed the fatal attack, in 2004.

Although prosecutors could not prove the exact age of the minor, NSW Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Syme said yesterday evidence showed he had been born between 1988 and 1992, and she accepted that he was younger than 18 at the relevant time. [..]

The companies each face a penalty of $5500, while Jones could be imprisoned for up to 12 months.’




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