Police probing historical child sex claims against Lord Janner did not question him because his Alzheimer's would have scuppered value of his evidence, lead investigator tells inquiry
Police investigating historical allegations against Lord Janner decided not to question him after being advised that his mental deterioration would scupper the value of his evidence, an inquiry has heard.
Former Temporary Detective Superintendent Nigel 'Matt' Hewson said officers had planned to call the Labour peer in for interview, following a search of his home in December 2013.
But by this stage a police medical expert warned that Lord Janner, who had Alzheimer's, would only be able to provide evidence of 'questionable' worth, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse heard.
Mr Hewson, who was the senior investigating officer leading Leicestershire Police's Operation Enamel into historical allegations of abuse against Lord Janner, said he decided the threshold for arresting the ex-Leicestershire MP had not been met.
休森是领导莱斯特郡警方“珐琅行动”(Operation Eamel)调查针对詹纳勋爵(Lord Janner)的历史指控的高级调查官。他表示，他认为逮捕这名前莱斯特郡议员的门槛尚未达到。
Jacqueline Carey, assistant counsel to the inquiry, said: 'You told us that in November 2013, you made the decision not to arrest Lord Janner.
'There was a search of his home address on December 16 and 17 2013, and at that stage you were planning to invite Lord Janner for interview, but at that stage you discovered he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease?'
Mr Hewson replied: 'That's correct, yes.'
Ms Carey said: 'Indeed a police surgeon had advised that Lord Janner's cognitive function was poor, and that the value of any answers - if he chose to answer questions - would be questionable?'
Mr Hewson replied: 'That's correct.'
He said police later conducted a search of Lord Janner's parliamentary office in Westminster in March 2014.
Lord Janner, a Labour MP from 1970 until 1997 when he was made a peer in the House of Lords, died in December 2015 while awaiting trial for 22 counts of child sexual abuse offences, relating to nine different boys.
His last public appearance, a 59-second hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court in August 2015, was characterised by Lord Janner's apparent inability to register what was happening.
He denied the allegations, while his family said he 'became a target' for a number of reasons, including 'his particular public profile and being financially comfortable in his later years'.
Mr Hewson said a man known as 'Nick' came forward to the Metropolitan Police in late 2014, claiming to have been abused by Lord Janner.
However, his evidence was deemed by Mr Hewson to be of little use.
Mr Hewson told the inquiry of Nick's evidence, presented to Leicestershire Police in the form of a transcript: 'The allegations were so minimal, although it mentioned Lord Janner's name it didn't go into any detail whatsoever.
'There was minimal detail about the alleged conduct of Lord Janner, there was no timing, no place - anything else, really.
'Literally it was two or three lines within that document (interview transcript), there were no immediate lines of inquiry.
'You could almost say it was struggling to establish that it was a complaint in any event.'
Nick, later revealed to be fantasist Carl Beech, was not considered useful as a potential prosecution witness against Lord Janner and his claims were dismissed by the force, Mr Hewson said.
休森表示，尼克后来被发现是幻想家卡尔·比奇(Carl Beech)，作为指控詹纳勋爵(Lord Janner)的潜在控方证人，他被认为没有用处，他的指控被警方驳回。
Beech was jailed for 18 years in 2019 for what a judge called his 'cruel and callous' lies against politicians he claimed abused him.
The three-week inquiry into institutional responses to historic abuse allegations against Lord Janner opened on Monday.
The inquiry has already heard that children in care homes allegedly abused by Lord Janner did not immediately contact police because they felt 'fear, shame, embarrassment and confusion'.
Large sections of the inquiry are being held in private due to concerns that evidence may identify alleged victims of sexual offending, who receive automatic anonymity.
Yesterday, the inquiry heard that children in care homes allegedly abused by the late Lord Janner did not immediately contact police because they felt 'fear, shame, embarrassment and confusion'.
Brian Altman QC, counsel to the inquiry, said complainants feared they 'would not be believed', while another said social care staff were 'very dismissive' when their concerns were raised.
In an opening statement to the inquiry, Mr Altman said Leicestershire Police conducted two investigations into the allegations against Lord Janner, in 1999 and 2012, but that neither resulted in charges being brought.
He said: 'How and why no charges were brought will be the focus of much of the evidence you will hear over the next three weeks.
'His death (in December 2015) brought an end to the criminal proceedings and with it the prospect of a jury deciding whether the acts occurred.'
He added: 'Every allegation made against him has been consistently and repeatedly denied.'
He told the panel: 'This is not an investigation into Lord Janner's guilt or his innocence, it is not a proxy criminal trial or a civil trial.'
Mr Altman said one of the allegations related to a claim of buggery at a flat in Dolphin Square, in Westminster, central London, in the 1960s when the complainant was homeless having run away from care.
The alleged victim said 'there was just no opportunity or person I could have told', Mr Altman told the inquiry.
In the 1970s, one complainant said he was indecently assaulted at a children's home and at the Houses of Parliament, and contacted police in April 2015. The allegations were under review at the time of Lord Janner's death.
Mr Altman said the complainant found it 'too hard to even admit to myself what happened' to him.
The complainant said: 'I find it too overwhelming for me to deal with - it's like if I don't have to tell anyone, I don't have to admit it to myself.'
He did not report it to police at the time because he was concerned about not being believed and felt embarrassed, Mr Altman said.
Mr Altman told the inquiry there were 'myriad reasons' why complainants did not tell police of the alleged abuse at the time.
He said this included 'fear, shame, embarrassment and confusion about what the complainant said happened, or concern by the child that they would not be believed'.
Nick Stanage, representing 13 complainants on behalf of law firm Slater and Gordon, told the inquiry of the lengthy wait for 'justice'.
He said: 'That prosecution came many years after allegations first surfaced - it was a prosecution that came too late.
'For our clients, justice delayed was justice denied.'
He added: 'Prominent people accused of child sex offences should be prosecuted with the same determination and the same vigour as any defendant.'
In a statement, Lord Janner's son Daniel Janner QC said the inquiry would 'deny my family the ability to cross-examine accusers'.
He said: 'My father cannot answer back from his grave.
'He is not there to defend himself.'
Danny Friedman QC, representing members of the Janner family, addressed the inquiry with a statement from Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, Lord Janner's youngest daughter.
代表詹纳家族成员的御用大律师丹尼·弗里德曼(Danny Friedman)用詹纳勋爵的小女儿劳拉·詹纳-克劳斯纳(Laura Janner-Klausner)拉比的一份声明回应了调查。
It said: 'We have listened carefully to all the serious accusations, we believe as totally in our father's innocence today as we always have.'
The family said they believed Lord Janner 'became a target' for a number of reasons, including 'his particular public profile and being financially comfortable in his later years'.
Mr Friedman said it was the family's case that Lord Janner was framed, and that there was a 'misrepresentation of evidence of his association with a number of children's homes and a particular person associated with them'.
Previously, the investigation into MPs, peers and civil servants working at Westminster found political institutions 'significantly failed in their responses to allegations of child sexual abuse'.
But it said there was no evidence of a 'Westminster paedophile ring' - allegations made in the House of Commons in 2012 which kick-started the multimillion-pound inquiry, and later resulted in the prosecution of the fantasist Carl Beech.
The remaining three avenues of the inquiry - including the Lord Janner strand - are due to hear evidence this year, before a final report of overarching findings from all 15 sections of the investigation is laid before Parliament in 2022.
The latest strand of the long-running IICSA will focus on the police and prosecution response to allegations made against Lord Janner going back to the mid-1950s.
Earlier this year, IICSA chairwoman Professor Alexis Jay confirmed the investigation into the responses of Leicestershire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service would continue - despite vehement opposition from members of Lord Janner's family - although it would be held largely in closed sessions to protect the anonymity of those who accused him.
Proffessor Jay said this strand of the investigation was 'not an investigation into Lord Janner's guilt or innocence'.
She added: 'It is not a proxy criminal or civil trial... it is an investigation into institutions, and into how they responded to the allegations made against Lord Janner.'
The three-week investigation follows previous strands into Westminster, the education sector and other institutions.