Child killer gagging order lifted

The High Court has lifted an order giving anonymity to a killer who committed "exceptionally horrific crimes".

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Mother: David McGreavy should never be released

A ban on naming one of the UK's most notorious prisoners who killed three children in 1973 was lifted yesterday.

David McGreavy lived with the Ralph family at their home in Worcester for two years, he was left to babysit when he killed four-year-old Paul, and sisters Dawn, two and Samantha who was only nine months old.

In 2009, he was granted anonymity but the ruling has now been lifted by the High Court.

Speaking to Daybreak, mother Dorothy Urry said the killer of her children should "never, ever be released".

She said she was never allowed to go back into her home after the death of her children, and people who lived nearer her blamed her for leaving them with David, she added, "it's just heartbreaking and I have a job to go back up there to the children's grave even".


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'Monster of Worcester's' identity revealed after four years - full report

A convicted child killer guilty of committing what's been described as one of the most horrific crimes in modern history has had an order protecting his identity overturned.

David McGreavy murdered 3 children in Worcester 40 years ago.

He's been in prison ever since, but lawyers put an order in place protecting his identity so he can one day be let out. This was today thrown out by the High Court. Chris Halpin reports.

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Latest on gagging order lifted on 1973 Worcester child killer

The High Court has ruled that a man who murdered three children in the Midlands 40 years ago, should not be allowed to remain anonymous.

62-year-old David McGreavy was jailed for life in 1973, after killing the children he was babysitting. The gagging order had been made because of fears that the killer's own life was in danger.

Chris Halpin sent this report.


Course 'used' by McGreavy's legal team was 'wrong'

Lord Justice Pitchford and Mr Justice Simon ruled the anonymity order must be discharged.

The judge said that the course used by David McGreavy's legal advisers when applying for anonymity was "wrong".

The ruling was a victory for the Justice Secretary and national newspaper publishers who all worked together last month, after the Press Association alerted them, to say that the order was legally flawed and was wrong to stop the public from knowing all the facts in the case.

Counsel Guy Vassall-Adams had told the judges that even "the nature of the victims" could not be revealed.

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