Forrest: 35-year-old woman arrested for perverting the course of justice

Teacher Jeremy Forrest arriving at Lewes Crown Court where he is accused of abducting a pupil. Forrest, 30, was arrested in Bordeaux, France, on September 28 last year following the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant.
Teacher Jeremy Forrest arriving at Lewes Crown Court where he is accused of abducting a pupil. Forrest, 30, was arrested in Bordeaux, France, on September 28 last year following the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant.
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A 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in the Jeremy Forrest case.

Forrest, a 30-year-old Bishop Bell teacher, was jailed for five and a half years last Friday (June 21) for abducting and having sex with his 15-year-old pupil.

The woman, from Hertfordshire, was arrested on Tuesday and released on bail.

The force was investigating whether Forrest contacted the schoolgirl via a third party to get her to change her story in court.

This comes after Judge Michael Lawson QC, in his closing speech during last Friday’s sentencing hearing, said the evidence given by the girl varied from her original police interviews.

The judge told Forrest, “You have contested the abduction charge, raising a spurious defence so that she had to give evidence.

“Evidence very different in content from her original account and designed to support it.”

Judge Lawson went on to say the girl had ‘clearly received assistance’ in what she should tell the court.

At the end of the sentencing hearing, prosecutor Richard Barton QC told the judge there was material to suggest indirect communication between an unknown third party.

The woman arrested in Hertfordshire has been bailed until 30 July.