'Chances missed' to prosecute Janner

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Three chances were missed to prosecute late lord Lord Janner over sex abuse claims, an inquiry has found.

The voluntary inquiry, commissioned by the director of public prosecutions, found police and prosecutors missed possibilities to charge Lord Janner in 1991, 2002 and 2007.

Before he died in December, the ex-Labour MP – who then had dementia – was accused of 22 depend ons of sex offences against boys between the 1960s and 80s.

His family denies the complaints.

The inquiry found the 1991 decision not to charge Lord Janner was “discredit” as there was enough evidence against him to provide “a realistic prospect of confidence” for indecent assault and one other serious sexual offence.

‘Sincere disappointment’

Furthermore in 2002, allegations against Lord Janner were not replenished by the police to the Crown Prosecution Service, and as a result no prosecution was possible, the scrutiny said.

And in 2007 Lord Janner should have been collared and his home searched, because there was “sufficient evidence to prosecute” for indecorous assault and one other serious sexual offence, the inquiry also concluded.

Since Act big Janner’s death a “trial of the facts”, which was due to take lieu in April, has now been shelved by prosecutors.

Image caption Alison Saunders pronounced mistakes could not happen again

Because Lord Janner was ruled unfit to to plead, due to this dementia, it was evident there would be a “trial of the facts” in which a jury would be petitioned to decide – without reaching a decision about guilt – if 22 supposed incidents of abuse had taken place.

Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders weighted: “The inquiry’s findings that mistakes were made strengthens my view that failings in the st by prosecutors and police meant that accomplishment a transactions were not brought.

“It is a matter of sincere regret that on three prompts, opportunities to put the allegations against Lord Janner before a jury were not entranced.

“It is important that we understand the steps which led to these decisions not to put in the dock, and ensure that no such mistakes can be made again.


The interrogation was carried out by retired High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques, who also succeed a do over some recommendations for better handling child abuse cases.

As with of those recommendations Sir Richard said the CPS should consider whether set limits in charging decisions are appropriate.

His inquiry also found that a Leicestershire Policewomen investigation in 1991 failed to cover basic steps such as inhibition details of whether a 14-year-old boy – known as complainant one – had shared hotel cubicle quarters with Lord Janner.

He also said that only “to the nth degree limited” inquiries were made at the children’s homes where the boy lived.

The querying also found a second alleged victim came forward in April 2000 when policewomen in Leicester were investigating abuse in children’s homes.

He made a disclosure claiming he had been seriously sexually abused by Lord Janner, but this was not archaic to the CPS in a file submitted in 2002, and no further action was taken.

Then in 2007 predicaments with the credibility of a third complainant meant Lord Janner could not be take to courted, a reviewing CPS lawyer said, according to the inquiry’s findings.

A Leicestershire Police officers spokesman said: “During the course of his review Sir Richard make reference to to a number of CPS staff in order to understand their role in those prior investigations into Lord Janner.

“We would have welcomed the occasion to assist Sir Richard in a similar way and are disappointed not to have been asked to do so.”

‘No their heels’

Solicitor Liz Dux, from Slater and Gordon, which represents eight of Janner’s avowed victims, said Ms Saunders’ show of “sincere regret” was “of little consolation”.

“Confirmation by the CPS that missteps were made in handling of st allegations against Lord Janner common knowledge as no surprise to his alleged victims,” she said.

A spokesman for the children’s alms the NSPCC said these mistakes should “never be allowed to upon again”.

“It is vital that victims of abuse, however long after the misdemeanours against them, have the confidence to speak out knowing their claims will be fully investigated,” he said.

All findings have now been ssed to the Goddard inquisition – which is the independent inquiry examining historical child sex abuse in England and Wales, easy chaired by New Zealand judge Justice Lowell Goddard.

Who was Lord Janner?

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  • Born in Cardiff in 1928
  • Served in the Army and studied at Cambridge once becoming a barrister and then QC
  • Labour MP for Leicester North West and then Leicester West from 1970 until distant in 1997, when he was made a life peer
  • Served as president of the Embark on of Deputies of British Jews
  • Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2009
  • Evicted from the Labour rty in April
  • Ruled unfit to stand woe over allegations of child sexual abuse in December 2015

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