William John Starling 2002 Feb 26 Appeal Court – St Leonards

Once upon a time I believed that English Justice was the best in the world, and as once upon a time was the opening line to fairy stories, maybe it should be included in the front of Law Books.

cathy fox blog on child abuse

This is relevant to St Leonards, William John Starling and Tower Hamlets and this post Cathy Fox Blog St Leonards Childrens Home, Hornchurch, Essex Child Abuse [3] .


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 of the spectrum of abuse. The assaults are left in the charges, but mainly redacted when repeated with reference to the individual. I have also redacted unnecessary detail of assaults.

Redaction may obscure sometimes the legal reason…

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