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Missing witness delays Editor’s quest for justice

THE ASSISTANT EDITOR of the Ceredigion Herald was warned today (Aug 11) he was in danger of ‘arrest and incarceration’ as an appeal by his boss ran into difficulties.

Thomas Sinclair, the editor of the Herald series of newspapers, is appealing against a conviction for identifying the victim of a sexual offence.

Sinclair was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £2,150 in compensation costs, and a surcharge after being convicted by district judge David Parsons following a hearing at Llanelli magistrates’ court in May.

The victims of sexual crimes are guaranteed anonymity under the 1992 Sexual Offences Act.

Sinclair had been accused of publishing so much detail that readers could work out who the victim was.

Sinclair, of Hamilton Terrace, Milford Haven, is appealing against the conviction and a hearing had been listed at Swansea Crown Court.

However, the hearing was postponed after Jon Coles, the newspaper’s assistant editor, contacted the court and said he was unable to give evidence.

The appeal will now be heard on September 15.