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An Old Bailey trial has been broadcast for the first time, as a judge jailed a young man for the manslaughter of his grandfather.
Judge Sarah Munro QC made legal history on Thursday as she sentenced 25-year-old Ben Oliver to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 10 years and eight months.
Broadcasters are able to air the judge’s sentencing remarks from the court following a change in the law. It allows the public to see and hear judges explain the reasoning behind their sentences and is part of a growing trend for justice to be seen to be done.
The move will open up some of the most high-profile crown courts across the country, including the Central Criminal Court, more commonly known as the Old Bailey.
Dominic Raab, the Justice Secretary, said: “Opening up the courtroom to cameras to film the sentencing of some of the country’s most serious offenders will improve transparency and reinforce confidence in the justice system.
“The public will now be able to see justice handed down, helping them understand better the complex decisions judges make.”
Killer stabbed own grandfather to death
The first case was at the Old Bailey on Thursday involving Ben Oliver, who killed his grandfather after learning he had been accused of historic sexual abuse of girls.
Only Judge Sarah Munro’s sentencing remarks were filmed. The camera, at the back of the court, is not be allowed to film the defendant, victims, witnesses, jurors, barristers, staff or public gallery. There was a 10-second time lag on the live feed so filming can be halted if there is disruption.