Monday 10 August 2009

Baby P mum and stepdad are named

The mother and stepfather of Baby P were named tonight as Tracey Connelly and Steven Barker, of Penshurst Road, Haringey. The BBC and rest of the media were able to name the couple after a High Court order imposed two years ago, granting them anonymity, expired.
The third defendant in the case has also now been named as Jason Owen, 37, Barker's brother. Baby Peter's surname, Connelly, has also been released. He was tortured to death in Haringey, North London, in August 2007. In May, Tracey Connelly, 28, and Barker, 33, were jailed for five and 12 years for causing or allowing the death of Peter. The 17-month old baby had more than 50 injuries when he died.
It has also been revealed that the brothers were charged with assaulting their own grandmother, Hilda Barker, in 1995, in an attempt to get her to change her will.
BBC 2's Newsnight named the mum and stepdad of Baby P tonight as did the BBC website.
The Sun had reported that the order would expire at 11.59 pm tonight but Newsnight named the couple shortly after 11pm.
The couple's names and pictures of Tracey Connelly were available on the internet despite the court order. There will be massive coverage of the case in the papers tomorrow.

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