Spelman Privacy Injunction lifted.

The privacy injunction in the Spelman case has been lifted. Jonathan Spelman is the son of Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman. The Claimants had until 4pm on Friday 2nd March 2012 to seek permission from the Court of Appeal to appeal against the decision of the 24th February 2012 and did not do so.

Mr Justice Tugendhat had refused in his decision of the 24th February to allow the injunction to continue saying it was “not necessary or proportionate” to continue with it.

The parents Caroline and Mark Spelman gave a statement,

“Our son, who was then aged 16, was injured in September 2011 and took some widely available drugs in order to aid his recovery. The substances are, however, banned under anti-doping rules.”

“He has made a voluntary statement to the RFU and is now subject to their disciplinary process, which is still ongoing. Our son knows that taking a banned substance can never, ever be right and he is deeply sorry for the mistakes he has made and is determined to learn from them. We will do everything we can to support him as he faces the consequences of his actions. He is still very young and we hope he can be given space to do that.”


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