South Australian legal reforms that strip alleged sex offenders of their right to anonymity have been hailed as an important safety measure by the victim of a notorious paedophile.
But senior legal figures have warned the change could lead to vigilante justice and destroy the reputations of those who are charged but later acquitted.
The changes, which have come into effect today, mean anyone charged with a sex offence can be named from their first court appearance.
One of two brothers preyed on by convicted paedophile Vivian Deboo in the 1990s said the move would bolster public safety.
“As a community, for us to be aware of who people being charged with these offences are, is probably a very good thing, I think, for safety,” the victim, known as brother B, told ABC Radio Adelaide. read more