Reporters team up to ensure teen killers are allowed to be named

Reporters from rival publications teamed up to ensure the killers of a schoolboy could be named.

Reece Tansey, 15, was stabbed six times on May 4, 2021, and following a trial, James White, 16, was found guilty of his murder and jailed for 15 years.

Mark Nuttall, 15, was found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Up until now, they have been known as Boy A and Boy B.

During a hearing at Leicester Crown Court, where trial judge Justice Farbey was sitting on Friday, the decision was made to lift an order made under s45 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act, which previously prevented White and Nuttall’s names from being reported.

It followed submissions from Manchester Evening News and The Bolton News. Reporter Tom Molloy represented the Manchester Evening News, and Joanne Rowe for the Bolton News. Both titles

Trial judge Mrs Justice Farbey agreed with the papers’ application as did Clare Ashcroft, defending Nuttall, who stated her client would prefer his identity to be known now rather than upon his scheduled release date, two weeks before he turns 18.

White’s barrister objected to the submission during a hearing at Leicester Crown Court, where Mrs Justice Farbey is sitting today, but the judge agreed the principle of open justice outweighed concerns about the welfare of the defendants.

Through a five-week trial at Manchester Crown Court, the court heard how Reece was stabbed with a kitchen knife six times — three of the stab wounds were so deep, a post-mortem reported, that they could have each caused death alone.

Reece agreed to meet up with the boys after a fight was arranged through messages on Snapchat in Bolton.

Following the attack, the defendants ran off from the scene and Reece was left severely injured in the street, where he was later helped by local residents.

The court heard they later swapped Snapchat messages about what happened, with the conversation ending with a laughing emoji being sent.

Photos were later released of the killers and published in the media.

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