The Divisional Court has granted lifelong anonymity to the UK’s youngest ever terrorist. On 23 July 2015, “RXG” pleaded guilty to two offences of inciting terrorism overseas.
On two occasions in March 2015, he had incited another person to commit acts of terrorism, namely the murder of police officers during an attack on an ANZAC Parade in Melbourne, Australia; and the murder by beheading of a person in Australia.
The plot was ultimately foiled and no attacks were carried out. RXG committed the offences when he was 14 years old. He was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 5 years. RXG sought an exceptional lifelong anonymity order under the “Venables jurisdiction”. The Divisional Court (PQBD and Nicklin J) granted the order on the basis that there was no threat engaging Articles 2 or 3 of the ECHR, but “compelling evidence that identifying RXG is likely to cause him serious harm and to interfere significantly with his Article 8 rights” which outweighed the interest in reporting of his name.
The full judgment is available here.
James Segan acted as Amicus Curiae.