Sunday 20 August 2017

Teacher accused of student abduction goes on trial

Teacher Jeremy Forrest arriving at Lewes Crown Court where he is accused of abducting a pupil.
Teacher Jeremy Forrest arriving at Lewes Crown Court where he is accused of abducting a pupil.

Tom Pugh

The prosecution has opened its case in the trial of a teacher accused of abducting one of his pupils.

Jeremy Forrest, 30, who taught at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne, East Sussex, denies abducting the girl, who cannot be named.

At Lewes Crown Court today, a jury was sworn in before prosecutor Richard Barton opened the Crown's case, which cannot be reported at this stage for legal reasons.

Dressed in a suit, a lilac shirt and a patterned tie, Forrest walked into the dock and waved at relatives sat in the public gallery including his parents, Jim and Julie.

The trial, in front of Judge Michael Lawson QC, is due to last two weeks. Forrest, of Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood, south-east London, is in custody.

The case was adjourned to 1pm tomorrow.

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