Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Greville Janner posed as children's home carer to abuse boy, inquiry told

Greville Janner has been accused of posing as a carer in a children’s home in order to abuse a boy and of assaulting another minor in a school, according to evidence submitted to a public inquiry.

The independent inquiry into child abuse, overseen by Justice Lowell Goddard, will also examine claims that at least two of the late peer’s alleged victims were abused in the Houses of Parliament.

The disclosures have emerged days after the first preliminary hearing of Goddard’s public investigations into institutional failures to protect children from abuse over many decades.

Lord Janner, a former Leicester MP, was charged with 22 sexual offences dating back to the 1960s, but died in December at the age of 87 before a trial of the facts could take place in a criminal courtroom.

In her inquiry, Goddard will be asked to decide whether or not the allegations are well founded, to discover any institutional failings, and to look at why so many children who complained of abuse were left within his reach for so long. (more...)

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