Rebecca Perring, Lord Janner ‘abused 12 at children’s home’ as child sex case is DROPPED, Express.co
Legal proceedings were left in limbo last month following the announcement that the elderly peer had died.
But it has since emerged that the peer regualrly visited Leicestershire children’s homes between 1970 and the mid to late 1980s.
An ex-police officer claims he reported suspicions about Lord Janner, a decade before police began a full inquiry.
This morning, prosecutor Richard Whittam QC told trial judge Mr Justice Openshaw that the Crown would not go ahead with the planned trial of facts at the Old Bailey, due to take place in April.
The former Labour peer had been accused of 22 counts of sex offences against boys dating back to the 1960s – allegations his family vigorously denied, insisting he was “entirely innocent”.
A jury was to decide – without resolving whether he was guilty or sentencing – if the incidents involving nine alleged victims had taken place. But Greville Janner died in December following a long illness, aged 87.
He had already been declared unfit to stand trial due to his “deteriorating and irreversible” dementia.
In a statement by the Crown Prosecution Service, seen by Express.co.uk, the investigation into the trial of Frank Beck, a care home manager who was eventually convicted of child abuse, is also explored.
One man, only named as Mark, says Lord Janner would undress him, wash him and touch him intimately during visits to the Moel Llys children’s home to perform magic shows.
Mark, who was 11 or 12 at the time, told the BBC: “It mentally scarred me life. I can never get rid of it.
“You feel ashamed and you feel dirty. Useless and worthless.”
The CPS say they have information about 22 alleged victims.
These include four indecent assaults on a male under 16 between 1969 and 1988, two indecent assaults between 1984 and 1988, four counts of buggery of a male under 16 between 1972 and 1987 and two counts of buggery between 1977 and 1988.
Earlier this year, there was outrage when Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders decided it was not in the public interest to put Janner on trial because he was so ill.
She later reversed her decision following a review of the case by David Perry, QC, who said there should be a trial of facts.
Following his death, the CPS initially hinted at the possibility of carrying on with legal proceedings. This comes after it previously said it was “considering the procedural implications” of carrying on with proceedings.
In a statement, the CPS said: “When a defendant dies during criminal proceedings, it is usual that the case no longer goes ahead following formal confirmation of the defendant’s death at a hearing before the court.
“However, we are considering the procedural implications of this specific case.”
In a trial of the facts, a jury considers the evidence against an individual but there is no guilty verdict and the court cannot pass sentence.
All it can do is make a hospital order, a supervision order, or an order for the defendant’s absolute discharge.
After Janner’s death it was suggested that the case could be considered by the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse led by Justice Lowell Goddard instead.
Liz Dux, specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon, who represents six of Lord Janner’s alleged victims, has said their priority was for a judicial finding of facts either through the criminal proceedings or via the Goddard Inquiry.
Cambridge-educated Greville Janner was MP for Leicester North West from 1970 to 1974 and for Leicester West until 1997.
The father-of-three then left the Commons to take a seat in the House of Lords as Baron Janner of Braunstone.
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