Forrest chooses not to give evidence at child abduction trial

Teacher Jeremy Forrest arriving at Lewes Crown Court.
Teacher Jeremy Forrest arriving at Lewes Crown Court.

Eastbourne teacher Jeremy Forrest will not be giving evidence at his trial at Lewes Crown Court.

The 30-year-old former maths teacher at Bishop Bell School has been charged with abducting a 15-year-old pupil and taking her to France last September.

This morning, the jury was told by defence barrister Ronald Jaffa that Forrest, who has pleaded not guilty, will not being giving evidence when the defence case starts.

Yesterday, the court heard from Forrest’s wife Emily, who broke down and sobbed while giving evidence about the last time she saw her husband.

Lewes Crown Court also heard from the mother of the teenager at the centre of the abduction allegation, who revealed that she thought her daughter was dead when she went missing on September 20.

Forrest was later arrested in Bordeaux after seven days in France, as CCTV pictures showed the couple on board a cross-Channel ferry from Dover to Calais.

The trial, which began last week, continues.