Greville Janner MP

Latest: Letter to Attorney General challenging the decision of CPS not to bring Janner to trial.

Copied from Wikipedia . In 1991, the director of a children's home in Leicestershire, Frank Beck, was convicted of child abuse and sentenced, unusually, to five life terms. During the trial, Beck accused Janner of having abused a child.

One witness, Paul Winston, who was just thirteen when he and Janner first met, was able to describe Janner‘s home, the hotel rooms they had shared, and Janner’s habits and person in detail.

Beck strongly denied the charges, but died, either of heart attack or enteritis, before he could get an appeal hearing.

A cell mate of Beck wrote to Janner saying that Beck had told him he wanted to "frame" Janner. This letter was accepted unchallenged in Parliament, although it is unusual for a prisoner to inform on another prisoner.

A 30-year-old man (perhaps Paul Winston) also accused Janner of abusing him when he was in care aged 13. A letter was shown to the jury that was allegedly sent from Janner to the boy. Janner was not prosecuted at the time and in the House of Commons received cross-party support. He said there was "not a shred of truth" in the claims against him.

In December 2013, Leicestershire Police searched his home in Golders Green, North London, in connection with a police investigation into child abuse allegations. In March 2014, Leicestershire Police searched Janner's offices in the House of Lords as part of an ongoing inquiry linked to historic child abuse allegations. Although a file of evidence against Janner has been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service, he was reported in April 2014 as not having been interviewed or arrested and no charges have have been brought against him.

Police were ordered not to arrest Janner 20 years ago. The officer was Detective Sergeant Mike Creedon, now chief Constable of Derbyshire. This Times article by Sean O'Neill, crime editor, is quite explicit but unfortunately is behind a paywall.

In the article, Chief Constable Creedon says he had enough evidence to search Janner's home, but was ordered not to arrest him or search his home. The full article is here.

The Chief Constable of Leicestershire in 1989, so far as I can see, was Michael Hirst.

Janner is a member of the Magic Circle, and a witness said the MP entertained the children with conjuring tricks before selecting one child to abuse.

Janner has escaped prosecution because of dementia in July 2014 having been interviewed regarding 20 allegations of child sexual abuse in December 2013 . (Mirror report 9/7/14)

A large number of questions that Janner must answer are laid out here.

Janner made 15 attendances to the House of Lords in November 2013, claiming £2100, but has not attended since, (records go up to Feb 2014). It seems that he has not spoken in the session 2014-15, so it may indeed be the case that he is ill.

Janner was appointed to a House of Lords Committee in June 2014. Either he is not demented, or the House of Lords is content to appoint incompetent shells to its committees.

There is no provision in the Crown Prosecution Service Code to exempt people with dementia from prosecution. See correspondence.

Additional evidence from MP Andrew Faulds, also here.

Some of the content of Faulds' dossier is here, laying out in detail some of the allegations against Janner at the time.

There is a precedent for taking Janner to court in the case of David Massingham, a 77-year old paedophile who was tried by a jury and detained under the Mental Health Act, despite suffering from dementia.
Another precedent in the case of John Hayford.
A third precedent is the case of Michael Collingwood

CPS decided on 16/4/15 that Janner is too demented to be tried. There was enough evidence to prosecute him had he not been demented. They had taken evidence from 4 expert doctors. No scan evidence was offered. If they have not been done, the CPS is negligent. Also Janner was in the car park of the HoL in May and June 2014. Was he driving at that time? Is he still driving? Also he was given a seat on an important committee. Either he is competent to be on that committee or the HoL is incompetent in appointing him.

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