UK lord won't face sex charges
Published 17/04/2015 | 02:30
A British Labour Peer should have faced child sex abuse charges twice in the past, but avoided trial due to Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) mistakes.
The CPS has admitted it had been wrong not to prosecute Lord Greville Janner, first in 1991 and again in 2007, but said it would not be in the public interest to do so now, as he has dementia.
Allegations against the former Labour MP date back to the late 1960s and refer to a children's home in his Leicestershire constituency.
It had been claimed that he had used his influence to befriend the head of the children's home in order to abuse youngsters in its care.
But despite prosecutors admitting there was enough evidence to charge the peer (86) with 16 counts of indecent assault and six of buggery, they said he was not fit to take part in any proceedings, and as there was no cure for his condition and no risk of future offending, it had been decided to drop the case.
Child protection charities reacted with anger and Leicestershire Police said it was "exploring what possible legal avenues there may be to challenge the CPS' decision. (© Daily Telegraph, London)