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Committal for Contempt of Court in Open Court at the Royal Courts of Justice: Malone

|Contempt of Court

In relation to Venables & Thompson v News Group Newspapers Ltd & Others Case Nos HQ 0004737 and HQ 000496

On Wednesday 13 March 2019, at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand, London WC2A 2LL the Attorney General applied to a Divisional Court consisting of the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett of Maldon, and Mr Justice Warby for an order committing Christina Marie (“Tina”) Malone for contempt of court.  In the course of the hearing, Malone admitted the contempts alleged against her. She was sentenced to committal for a period of 8 months, suspended for 2 years, and ordered to pay the Attorney General’s costs assessed at £10,000.

The basis for these penalties was that Malone had published information about Venables and Thompson, in breach of the injunction first granted by Dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss in January 2001. The facts and the Court’s reasons were set out in more detail in the extempore judgment of the Lord Chief Justice, a transcript of which will be available.