Earlier this month we revealed that one of the bloggers who wrongly named Lord McAlpine in connection with allegations of paedophilia is Brighton-based barrister Duncan Roy.
Now it has been confirmed that McAlpine’s legal team is investigating Roy’s blog post – which not only named the Tory peer, but branded him "evil"...
One of the bloggers who named Lord McAlpine in the wake of Newsnight’s report wrongly accusing a senior Tory of paedophilia is, surprisingly, a barrister. Duncan Roy practised at the Bar for nine years until 2010. He writes the 'Scrapper Duncan' blog.
Roy's post naming Lord McAlpine – which gave significant credence to the false rumours, coming as it did from a member of a respected profession like the Bar – was removed over the weekend (see screenshot below). However, at least one version of it has been re-published elsewhere and remains online...
This morning, I tweeted a story about a barrister who’d described his client as a "slag".
Referring to a CCTV film of the client lifting her skirt and flirting with three men who she is then alleged to have taken to murder her wealthy husband, Stuart Rafferty QC stated in his closing speech:
"You’ve all seen the footage in the Crates and Grapes [wine bar]. She’s a slag, it’s a terrible thing to have to say, it’s an awful word. But it doesn’t make her guilty of murder."
Did Rafferty really have to call his client this "awful word"?