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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 July, 2005, 11:54 GMT 12:54 UK
Pupil who raped teacher is named
The teacher, whose identity is being protected
The teacher, whose identity is being protected, supported the decision to name him
A boy who raped a teacher at a school has been named after losing a High Court bid to keep his identity secret.

Last week Dwayne Best, 16, was detained for life for the assault at Westminster City School for Boys in central London last September.

Best, from East Dulwich, south-east London, who was 15 at the time, admitted raping the 28-year-old.

Sentencing him, Judge Moss QC said he had violated the teacher's classroom and her place of safety.

Judge Moss also said an order, which prevented Best's identification, should be lifted.

Lawyers argued that naming him would put his life at risk, cause "very considerable risk" to his rehabilitation and affect his family.

Naming him may help him to accept responsibility for what he has done and recognise the gravity of his actions

Rejecting the application on Tuesday, Lord Justice Kennedy said he was entirely satisfied that Judge Moss's intention had not been "to name and shame" but was acting in the interests of open justice.

The teacher, who cannot be named, said she could now start to put the whole incident behind her and begin putting her life back together.

"Naming him may help him to accept responsibility for what he has done and recognise the gravity of his actions," she added.

The National Union of Teachers (NUT), representing the teacher, said their efforts would now focus on helping her get back to work.

Steve Sinnott of the NUT said: "She is a very committed and good teacher and her talents must not be lost to the profession because of the appalling actions of one boy."

Watch a report from the Old Bailey after the sentencing

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