Changes planned to child criminal trials

The Island's Home Affairs minister says it's wrong young people can be named in the media after committing crimes and appearing in court.

Bill Malarkey MHK says a planned law change will mean 17 year olds will no longer appear in adult courts.

Instead, those under 18 will be tried as juveniles - in line with England and Wales - and so won't be able to be identified unless a court allows it.

It would mean offenders such as Callum Joseph Quaggan - who was sentenced this week after admitting having sex with a 13 year old girl - couldn't be identified by the media.

Mr Malarkey says the disparity between UK and Manx law is wrong:

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