Monday 23 October 2017

Names in Watkins case that Peaches Geldof tweeted were mistakenly put on court site

Peaches Geldof may face a criminal investigation.
Peaches Geldof may face a criminal investigation.

Tim Moynihan and Andrew Stone

The names of the defendants in the case of disgraced rock star Ian Watkins were mistakenly included on the court service's listing site, it confirmed today.

The development came as Peaches Geldof continued to be at the centre of a row for tweeting the names of the two mothers whose babies were involved in abuse by the singer.

An HM Courts & Tribunals Service spokesman said: "We apologise that the names of the defendants in this case were mistakenly included on our court listing site. The names were quickly removed from the site, and action has been taken to ensure this does not happen again."

The daughter of Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof posted a series of tweets this morning explaining that she had assumed the names were already "public knowledge".

"For all of those out there tweeting me about naming the paedophile mothers involved in the Ian Watkins case, the names have been in the public domain since December 12th when the court named them and put them up on their website for all to see," she said on the social networking site.

"Half of twitter had tweeted out the names also aside from my (now deleted) tweet. The babies will most probably be given new identities to protect them from  future abuse from other paedos who know who they are/ their names from the videos Watkins uploaded to Paedo websites.

"The question of whether or not to give anonymity to criminals in cases like this will go on forever."

Peaches, the daughter of Boomtown Rats legend Bob Geldof added what she feels is the injustice of criminal treatment in prison.

"However these women and Watkins will be getting three meals a day, a double bed, cable TV etc all funded by the tax payer alongside not being named apparently," she said.

"It makes me sad. I deleted my tweets however and apologise for any offence caused as at the time of tweeting had only seen everyone tweeting the names at me so had assumed as they were also up on news websites and the crown courts public file that they had been released for public knowledge.

"Will check my facts before tweeting next time. apologies and lesson learned."

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