Lord Janner is unfit to stand trial over allegations of child sexual abuse spanning four decades, a High Court judge has ruled.
Mr Justice Openshaw told the Old Bailey the 87-year-old peer had “advanced and disabling dementia”.
Both prosecution and defence barristers had agreed at a previous hearing that Greville Janner was not well enough to take part in a criminal trial.
Lord Janner is accused of 22 counts of sex offences against boys.
The peer, who was suspended from the Labour Party in April, denies the allegations.
He is accused of 15 counts of indecent assault and seven counts of a separate sexual offence against a total of nine alleged victims.
The Old Bailey heard the allegations spanned the years 1963 to 1998. Twenty-one of the charges relate to children who were aged 16 or under at the time.
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The 87-year-old peer is accused of 22 sexual offences dating back to the 1960s against nine alleged victims, the majority of whom were 16 or under at the time.
The date of December 7 had already been set to decide if the peer, who suffers from dementia, is well enough to stand trial.
Ms Laws said: “Both parties agree the defendant is unfit to plead and unfit to stand trial. There is no merit in putting off the determination.”
Meanwhile – in the US……………….
He had been on death row since 1992 for the rape of a minor in 1990 in California, and in 2010, Prieto was convicted of two capital murders and a rape in 1988 in Virginia. He has reportedly been connected to six more murders in the two states.
Horrific revelations regarding Janner’s medical condition emerged today at the close of a gruelling 59 second appearance at Westminster Magistrates Court.
As his daughter led her father out of the court room (where he remembered his name – despite his dementia) she announced
Despite pleas to spare the 87-year-old the “barbaric, inhumane and uncivilised” ordeal
He will now be taken home and potentially subjected to:
Monoglicerides, Diglicerides, & Triglicerides
Westminster Magistrates Court has become a theatre for the day. So far the leading man (Janner) has failed to appear on stage – and his supporting cast have enacted a set piece tragic scene whilst stage hands gear up for a possible change of venue.
“To be Westminster – or not to be Westminster’
Aye, there always Wood Green…….”
Wood Green CC is actually further away from Janner’s house than WMC Marylebone Rd. 6.2 miles vs 3.2 miles
Does Wood Green hold special memories for Janner – sufficient to evoke the magic muse required for his 30 second soliloqy? A sort of Shakespearean All’s Well That Ends Well?
As the curtain goes down for another interval, the audience is left in suspense.
will it be Much Ado about Nothing?
As the play draws to a close, a messenger arrives with news of J’s capture – but B proposes to postpone his punishment to another day
The curtain rises again at 1400 hrs.
Former Labour peer Lord Janner could avoid attending court to face child sex abuse charges – after his lawyers claimed it would breach his human rights.
The 87-year-old ex-MP was last week ordered to appear in court to answer 22 allegations of sexual abuse against nine boys and men between 1963 and 1988.
A brief hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court has been scheduled for this Friday.
But Lord Janner’s legal team has asked the High Court to overturn the ruling that he must attend in person – insisting he is too ill and it would cause him ‘considerable stress and harm’.
The former MP for Leicester West – who served 27 years in Parliament from 1970 – denies any wrongdoing and his family insist he is ‘entirely innocent’.
Unless the High Court reverses the original decision Janner will be required to attend court in person.
A warrant could be issued for his arrest if he loses his appeal and fails to show up.
Janner was not required to attend court today, but his barrister Paul Ozin said lawyers are challenging the decision as unlawful in the High Court.
‘Given his family will have to take steps which would cause Lord Janner considerable stress and harm and we would say that there is a violation of his Article 8 rights because his own family are caused the onerous task of inflicting what they regard, and perhaps rightly, unduly foreseeable and unnecessary harm to Lord Janner,’ he said.
Mr Janner 87, did not appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London, with his lawyers claiming he was too ill to attend the hearing over allegations that he had abused youngsters over a 25-year period.
However Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle decided he should attend for a formal hearing – which may last less than two minutes – in which his name and address would be confirmed, if necessary by an aide.
“Lord Janner is fit to attend,” he said, even raising the rare possibility of establishing the court in the politician’s home to minimise the likely distress he would suffer.
He said Mr Janner, once a top lawyer, did not have to understand the proceedings but was legally required to be present.
The first hearing will take place on August 7 2015 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.