Jeremy Forrest didn’t spare his victims the ordeal of the witness box

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Honestly! What tripe from Dorothy Forsyth! (Herald, June 28).

When the jury, having listened to the evidence, were satisfied, beyond all reasonable doubt, that Jeremy Forrest had abducted a 15-year-old schoolgirl, the case of sexual offences could go ahead, and with early guilty pleas, was dealt with in less than an hour.

For each of the five specimen counts, the sentence passed was four-and-a-half years in prison, to run concurrently. The added one year for abduction was a lenient extra for the folly of running away to France when he knew the game was up.

That covers the period of time in the last school year from his arrest, his remand in prison and his folly of a nine-day trial for abduction. The judge remarked that it was a pity he did not spare his wife, teachers and pupils the ordeal of the witness box.

ANDREW SOMERVILLE,

Upperton Gardens.