Belfast Telegraph

Judge to consider anonymity challenge

By Alan Erwin

The public has a right to know the identity of a woman accused of murdering her baby, a court has been told.

The 30-year-old woman was arrested by detectives investigating the infant's death in Belfast earlier this year.

She was charged with the murder of her young child and has been held at a psychiatric unit ever since.

But temporary reporting restrictions were imposed to protect her anonymity.

The Belfast Telegraph is challenging the restrictions.

Gerald Simpson QC, for the publishers of the newspaper, told Belfast Magistrates' Court that the public has a right to know both the facts of the case and the identity of the person accused of murder.

"The whole point of reporting criminal cases is so one knows the defendant who is charged with the most heinous of offences," he said.

Following submissions District Judge Fiona Bagnall pledged to give her ruling on the anonymity application next month.

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