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Lord Janner escapes trial over child abuse

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2450

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions (DPP) has concluded that that it was not in the public interest to prosecute the Labour peer Lord Janner. He could have been charged with 22 offences against nine victims at children’s care homes in Leicestershire. 

There was enough evidence to charge with but the DPP decided Janner’s dementia was too severe for a trial to take place. He was diagnosed with dementia in 2009.

Westminster attendance records show Janner attended the House of Lords almost daily and claimed more than £100,000 in expenses in the four years after he was diagnosed with the disease. 

He only stopped attending—and claiming up to £300 a day—when police raided his house in 2013.

He took a formal leave of absence last October. The peer is considered incapable of making a plea in the abuse case but is capable enough to hang onto his seat in the Lords.

Back story

Labour Peer Lord Janner was accused of 22 offences against nine victims from the 1960s to the 1980s at children’s care homes in Leicestershire

  • Janner was a Labour MP in Leicester from 1970 to 1997
  • He was first accused of child abuse during the trial of Frank Beck in 1991
  • Beck was a director of a children’s care home in Leicester, convicted of child abuse in 1991
  • Janner was investigated over the claims twice more in 2002 and 2006

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Tue 21 Apr 2015, 16:40 BST
Issue No. 2450
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