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Judge upholds ban on name of sex suspect

A publication ban will remain on the name of a man who has come under suspicion as a result of an application by Ivan Henry to overturn his conviction in 1983 of eight sexual assaults, Madam Mary Newbury of the B.C. Court of Appeal stated in a ruling released yesterday.

Mr. X, who is currently serving a sentence for three assaults, is on parole and living in a halfway house. The reporting of his personal circumstances - combined with inflammatory media demands that his parole be revoked and statements in the media describing him as a prime suspect and a dangerous sexual predator - mean his security may be at risk if his name is published, she said.

Mr. Henry has been in custody since July 29, 1982, after his arrest for a string of 10 attacks against eight women in Vancouver. He was convicted and declared a dangerous offender in 1983. Appeals in 1984 and 1997 were unsuccessful. Staff

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