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15 January 2016updated 27 Jul 2021 7:03am

Lord Janner child sex abuse case dropped

Criminal proceedings over abuse claims made against the late Labour peer Greville Janner have ended.

By Anoosh Chakelian

Criminal proceedings against the late Labour peer, Greville Janner, over sex abuse charges have ended. This is due to his death, according to the Old Bailey judge overseeing the case. Janner died in December last year at the age of 87, after a long illness.

Janner had been accused of 22 counts of sex offences against boys, who were mostly under-16, dating back to the 1960s. There were nine alleged victims. The claims are focused on a time when Janner was MP for Leicester West, and was close to the manager of a children’s care home, where he is alleged to have carried out the offences.

His family denies the claims.

Janner had already been declared unfit to stand trial because of his “deteriorating and irreversible” dementia, so the case was to proceed as a trial of the facts, rather than to resolve whether he was guilty. But the court decided that, because of his death, such a trial could not be carried out.

But his case is likely to be considered in the independent inquiry into historic child sex abuse allegations led by Justice Goddard.

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