Lyons 10 Jun 1975 Court of Appeal (Church)

cathy fox blog on child abuse

The several appeals posted today are all relevant to the Christian Church. See a list of all of them here at the end of the day – Index of Court Appeals on this b

Lyons offences were on boys of an age that would not now be an offence, hence redaction of some personal detail. He was sentenced with two others, Patrick and  Smith.

Redaction

Some court reports have had victims names redacted and some assault details redacted.

This is a difficult balance –  normally I would think that  I should not “censor” details but on consultation with various people I have taken the decision to redact. This is mainly to protect victims, their friends and relatives from unnecessary detail and to stop the gratification of those who seek salacious details.

In addition to the obvious “victims redaction” to protect victims details, there may also be “assault redaction” across most…

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