Det Supt Matt Hewson, SIO for ‘Operation Enamel’, which investigated Lord Janner from 2012, is due to give evidence at Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry on Tuesday.

He is only witness due to testify in the open next week, but he will give some evidence behind closed doors. 1/17
Operation Enamel’s Det Supt Matt Hewson, now retired, reveals in #CSAinquiry statement that SEVEN witnesses to a police inv, ‘Operation Magnolia’ in 2000-2, into two Leicester children’s homes, mentioned Greville Janner, then a Labour MP.

That proved to be just the start... 2/17
One of two former residents of a Leicester children’s home described to police in 2000 being taken to a property for sexual abuse by a group of men, including Greville Janner.

He also described giving Janner a “blow job” in the Japanese garden of Abbey Park in Leicester. 3/17
A second former resident of another children’s home in Leicester told police in 2001 that Greville Janner touched him after he took off his clothes, but did not think that any sexual act took place.

He said that he was sure that Janner liked looking at naked boys. 4/17
FIVE staff at two Leicester children’s homes told police in 2000 and 2001 that they were aware of Greville Janner’s visiting their premises.

One said that she was “told to be careful” if the Press should call the home to ask her about Janner. 5/17
Leicestershire Police concluded that the first ex-resident of a children’s home was “unreliable”. It did not refer any of the allegations about Greville Janner, then a Labour MP, to the CPS for a charging decision.

In 2015, the CPS condemned and reversed police assessment. 6/17
Det Supt Matt Hewson of Operation Enamel says that a separate former resident of a Leicester children’s home alleged to another investigation, ‘Operation Dauntless’, in 2006 that Greville Janner had sexually assaulted him, including rape. 7/17
CPS concluded at the time that this witness in Operation Dauntless had no credibility and recommended no further action.

But, by 2015, CPS had decided that Lord Janner should be charged in relation to this complainant. 8/17
Early in Operation Enamel, a retired detective sergeant reviewed allegations against Lord Janner. She produced a report entitled, “The case against Lord Greville Janner”.

It identified 6 victims to be approached, 53 witnesses and 9 potential suspects. 9/17
Det Supt Matt Hewson’s statement to #CSAinquiry: allegations were made to Operation Enamel against Lord Janner of rape, buggery, indecent assault and gross indeceny, dating from around 1955 to 1988, in various locations...

Including the Houses of Parliament. 10/17
As far back as November 2014, counsel to CPS recommended that weight of evidence and “public interest” meant that charges should be brought against Lord Janner in relation to the allegations made by six complainants.

She added two more in Jan 2015 and another by Apr 2015. 11/17
In February 2015, police “expressed their concern about delay in progress on the case by the CPS,” Det Supt Matt Hewson says in #CSAinquiry statement.

Alison Saunders, then DPP, two months later REJECTED recommendations to prosecute Janner – on “public interest” grounds. 12/17
DPP decision not to prosecute Lord Janner in 2015 prompted seven more people to come forward to make allegations against the former Labour MP.

Police proceeded to investigate their claims despite the DPP’s decision not to charge over the nine previous complainants. 13/17
One further complainant said that Greville Janner was a family friend – known to him as Uncle Greville – who sexually abused him from age 7 to 15.

He was found with money that Janner had given to him. And Janner told him that it was best they not see each other any more. 14/17
Victims’ right to review overturned DPP’s decision not to prosecute Janner in June 2015, and the former Labour MP and peer was duly charged on 22 counts.

He was also charged, in October 2015, in relation to three further complainants. 15/17
Police told CPS that it wanted to discuss the prospect of a SECOND trial to prosecute Lord Janner in relation to yet more complainants.

But Lord Janner’s death in December 2015 put a stop even to the first trial. 16/17
Operation Enamel’s Det Supt Matt Hewson says in staggering statement to #CSAinquiry and leaked to me: “Leicestershire Police have continued to receive allegations regarding Lord Janner since his death.”

Let us see whether Janner hearings from tomorrow shed any more light. 17/17

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12 Oct
Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry: Brian Altman, counsel to inquiry, begins chronology with ‘Operation Magnolia’ in 1999.

But he completely omits the first police investigation into Greville Janner, then a Labour MP, in 1991.

Presumably entirely saved for closed session.
Brian Altman tells #CSAinquiry that among many allegations on which Lord Janner faced charges at the end of his life was that he sexually assaulted an under-age boy at a flat in Dolphin Square.
Nick Stanage, barrister for 13 complainant core participants, tells Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry: “You can ask who made mistakes in this case? Why did they make them?”
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17 Dec 19
Barbara Hewson, 58, due back for Day 2 of five-person disciplinary tribunal this am.

She admits two charges of “professional misconduct”. Counsel John Beggs to continue mitigation.

Tribunal then expected to decide between suspending or disbarring her.

Correction of typo in a tweet from yesterday. Barbara Hewson’s solicitor is not Daniel Berle. It is Daniel BERKE.

Everyone is present in the tribunal room awaiting the tribunal panel.

There is no sun streaming into the room today. Rain clouds have covered the winter sky...
Barbara Hewson’s disciplinary tribunal resumes, with her counsel, John Beggs, continuing to make pleas in mitigation.

He repeats that, following Hewson’s article that sparked a “tsunami of abuse”, she was forced to leave her chambers.
Read 72 tweets
16 Dec 19
Barrister Barbara Hewson, 58, due to appear before five-person tribunal this am, charged by Bar Standards Board (BSB) with “professional misconduct”.

Hewson, who gives her status at Bar Council as “career break”, is expected to deny charges against her:…
Barbara Hewson has entered the tribunal room, accompanied by her legal team, John Beggs and Daniel Berle.
The tribunal chairman has changed from Jeremy Carey to Alan Greenwood, a retired circuit judge.

The tribunal has begun.
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4 Oct 19
Detectives on ‘Operation Midland’ did indeed believe ‘Nick’, Met chiefs told Sir Richard Henriques.

But he does not record why in report.

He asked one when he started to doubt Nick’s credibility. “I haven’t. I still consider him to be a victim.” 1/10
Sir Richard Henriques lambasts ‘Operation Midland’ officers in report b/c, he says, accounts of Carl Beech aka Nick were contradictory.

But, senior detectives told him, the identified inconsistencies were typical of victims’ recall of non-recent “traumatic sexual crime”. 2/10
Different law in practice for VIPs. Demonstrated by Sir Richard Henriques in his fuller report.

He writes: “Both the law and common sense dictate that Lord Bramall, for one, is less likely to have offended, as alleged, than the man in the street who is of good character.” 3/10
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24 Sep 19
Counsel to #CSAinquiry formally asks Alexis Jay and inquiry panel to DELAY substantive hearings re Greville Janner, the late peer and ex-MP, from February to October 2020 b/c IOPC referred file on one individual to CPS re police failings.

Decision on submission to be announced.
When Lord Janner died, he faced trial of facts on 22 CSA charges re nine complainants.

But #CSAinquiry hears in prelim hearing that, according to CPS, he should have faced ANOTHER 12 charges re three more complainants.

PLUS police were investigating yet more allegations.
Counsel to #CSAinquiry, Brian Altman, rejects charge that inquiry has “singled out” Lord Janner, saying that it has considered other cases of alleged institutional failure.

These included Archbishop Peter Ball, Sir Cyril Smith, Sir Peter Morrison and Sir Peter Hayman, he says.
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28 Aug 19
After #CSAinquiry failed to adduce several written statements by ex-police officers when they testified to Westminster hearings in March (unlike for other witnesses), I requested the statements.

But the inquiry refused to disclose this evidence.

It covered up... 1/7
Some five months later, and now that Carl Beech has been convicted, in effect, of making up his claims about #VIPaedophiles, #CSAinquiry has finally published this evidence about #VIPaedophile police probes of yesteryear and the associated cover-ups. 2/7
Look for yourself what these police witnesses said in their statements just released.

Edward Heath, Leon Brittan, Jeremy Thorpe, Cyril Smith all crop up: 3/7

Paul Holmes…

Robert Glen…

Malcolm Sinclair…
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