17.12.03

GUILTY! - as Huntley is sent down for Soham murders a string of previous allegations emerges - should these have been reported on?

An 11-1 majority verdict proclaimed Ian Huntley's guilt for the murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
As Mr Jusitce Moses sentences Huntley to two life terms, a string of previous allegations against the remorseless murderer have emerged - or can now be revealed.
Home Secretary David Blunkett was quick off the mark to order an inquiry into how Huntley got a job as a school caretaker.
All this provides little solace to the parents and friends of Holly and Jessica and begs the question of whether it is necessary or indeed right to prevent or restrict the reporting of information or allegations about a person that may have alerted an unsuspecting public or the relevant authorities to the closet criminal lurking in their midst.

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