The sex abuse trial against former Labour Peer Lord Janner, who expired in December, has been formally dropped by prosecutors.
The 87-year old, who had been suffering from severe dementia, had been accused of a string of child sex allegations dating back to the 1970s.
The Crown Prosecution Service acknowledged it had missed numerous chances to prosecute the former MP, but ruled that his ill health meant he was unfit to stand trial a year ago.
“My customers are obviously devastated that they are no longer able to give their evidence in a criminal court”
Following his passing, it was indicated the case might continue, but at a short hearing at the Old Bailey on Friday, prosecutors declared they were officially closing the case.
“Normally death brings a criminal prosecution to an end. There’s no person to be attempted and they could not get a fair trial.”
He went on: “Although parliament has supplied jurisdiction for some legal proceedings to be commenced or to continue following the death of a party, perhaps the most noteworthy examples being a criminal appeal after an offender’s death and civil proceeding, no provision is made in the Act for posthumous proceedings even if death happens after an accused is found to be unfit and is to play no further part in proceedings.”
After presenting the court using a replica of Lord Janner’s death certificate, the judge, Mr Justice Openshaw said: “The criminal proceeding against Lord Janner were finished by his death…and that’s the conclusion of the issue.”