Paedophile health worker is named

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 14 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:81

At least 40 people, including some from Britain, have telephoned a hotline set up by Auckland Healthcare in New Zealand after one of its employees was named as a convicted paedophile. A ban on naming Peter Liddell, a former social worker at several of Auckland's hospitals and mental health units, has been lifted 15 months after he was first convicted for offences against children.

At Liddell's trial in 1993 the judge agreed to suppress his name to protect his family and also pupils at King's College, one of Auckland's most prestigious boys' schools, where he was a counsellor; the judge thought that boys at the school whom Liddell had counselled would be subject to media attention and innuendo. At a second trial on further charges the ban on naming Liddell was not lifted, …

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