Monday, December 7, 2015

Lord Janner found unfit to stand trial for alleged sex offences

Lord Janner has been formally found unfit to stand trial over a string of historical sexual offences.

The peer and former Labour MP has Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, which have left him unable to participate in a trial, four experts who have examined him have agreed.

The 87-year-old’s dementia is so severe that he no longer recognises members of his family and is unable to communicate or understand what is happening around him, the Old Bailey heard.

The court’s decision means there will not be a full criminal trial to hear the claims against Janner, which span three decades and involve boys as young as eight years old.

Instead he is expected to face a “trial of the facts”, where a jury is asked to decide – on the basis of evidence adduced by prosecution lawyers and by lawyers who put the case for the defence – whether or not the accused committed the acts he is charged with.  (more...)

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