728 x 90

Lord Janner ‘sex abuse’ case returns to court – but former peer doesn’t have to turn up

By Tom Parfitt Daily Express

The 87-year-old faces 22 child sex abuse charges spanning the 1960s to the 1980s.

Mr Justice Sweeney will hear the case at the Old Bailey from 2.30pm today in the absence of the defendant.

Last month, Lord Janner was forced to attend Westminster Magistrates’ Court for 59 seconds after a week-long legal wrangle over the issue.

His legal team had been insisting he was too ill to attend in person because of his advanced dementia.

But two senior judges ruled that he must because of “the obvious and strong public interest in ensuring those summoned to court attend when required”.

Accompanied by a minder and woman who is believed to be his daughter, he confirmed his name during the first court appearance.

Janner, of Springfield Avenue in Muswell Hill, north London, is on unconditional bail.

Lou Collins