Editor’s comment: Why the Guardian fought for the right to name sex attacker Jonjo Elswaino

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The Guardian had to fight this week for the right to name and shame vicious sex attacker Jonjo Elswaino.

The 17 year old’s identity was protected by legal anonymity before this newspaper challenged the court order on Wednesday.

We argued that the shock and revulsion felt across the town at Elswaino’s savage and cowardly attack made his naming essential and in the public interest.

For a court system to have allowed this thug to hide behind the law would have belittled the seriousness of his offence - and in our view let down his victim and countless others.

As Nottingham Crown Court was told on Wednesday, Elswaino targeted the female jogger as she ran along Eddison Park Avenue in April.

The 52-year-old, who unlike Elswaino fully deserves to remain anonymous, was dragged down a grass verge into some trees.

Elswaino’s attack was so vicious that prosecutors are convinced he would have killed the woman had he not been disturbed by passers-by.

He then just jumped on a bus as if nothing had happened.

His victim - who was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time - has understandably been left completely traumatised by the incident.

She was brutalised and degraded by this evil thug.

The victim suffered a fracture to the left side of her jaw, a fracture to her right eye socket, a broken nose, excessive bruising around her neck where Elswaino had strangled her and she lost some teeth.

She has also been forced to leave the area to try to continue her life elsewhere.

Seventeen-years-old is old enough to know right from wrong.

Elswaino has today rightly been named and shamed and should serve life behind bars.