Day 2 of Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry: Det Supt Matt Hewson, SIO for ‘Operation Enamel’, which investigated Lord Janner from 2012, due to give evidence – partly in open, partly in closed session.

Catch-up on his statement from my thread from Sunday:
After further submissions in closed session at Janner hearings of #CSAinquiry, Det Supt Matt Hewson, SIO for ‘Operation Enamel’, enters witness box in open session. He will later testify further in closed session.

See my thread on Hewson’s statement:
Det Supt Matt Hewson has been confirming some points from his statement, already covered in my thread from Sunday (see below).

Janner hearing adjourns for a mid-morning break.

Jacqueline Carey, as junior counsel to #CSAinquiriy, resumes questioning Det Supt Matt Hewson, SIO for ‘Operation Enamel’, which investigated Lord Janner from 2012.
We had a little feedback of Jacqueline Carey, playing back her putting a question to Det Supt Matt Hewson.

A curious Freudian slip as Jacqueline Carey says that we can hear her giving evidence from a little earlier. She is of course asking questions, rather than testifying.
Det Supt Matt Hewson explains to #CSAinquiry that a decision to arrest in a criminal investigation would normally fall to the senior investigating officer (SIO).

But with a high-profile person, it would go up to Gold Commander (a chief officer above SIO).
To clarify, a decision to arrest a high-profile suspect would, unlike the usual practice, go up to Gold Commander (a chief officer above SIO), Det Supt Matt Hewson tells #CSAinquiry.
Det Supt Matt Hewson tells #CSAinquiry that, initially, Operation Enamel had a “fairly minimal” level of staffing in 2012, he believed that there were three officers.

It progressed in 2013 when he was appointed as SIO.
Operation Enamel, the investigation into Lord Janner from 2012, cost around £400,000 in total, Det Supt Matt Hewson tells #CSAinquiry.

About 46 officers worked on it at different points and around a peak of 30 at any one time, he says.
Janner hearings at #CSAinquiry: we have spent a long time going over what HOLMES is (evidently safe for open hearing).

Det Supt Matt Hewson goes on to say that Operation Enamel was careful to avoid letting any complainant know about others, to avoid possible contamination.
Det Supt Matt Hewson tells #CSAinquiry that he decided in November 2013 not to arrest Lord Janner, having taking legal advice, because it did not meet the “necessity test” (which would not have applied in the past).

But he decided that Janner should be interviewed under caution.
Jacqueline Carey has asked live feed to be cut, presumably because she thinks that Det Supt Matt Hewson has said something that he should not have done in the open.

Live feed was cut as soon as she began to ask for it to be stopped.

Alexis Jay will have to decide what to do.
If Det Supt Matt Hewson has said something that #CSAinquiry does not want him to say in open, inquiry lawyers will be being explaining this to him and Alexis Jay, inquiry chairwoman in closed session.

I expect that the live feed will then resume. Feed is still off at mo.
Feed is back.

Det Supt Matt Hewson confirms that police searched Lord Janner’s home over two days in Dec 2013.

He had planned to interview Janner, but learnt that he had Alzheimer’s so decided not to go ahead.

Police also searched Janner’s parliamentary office in Mar 2014.
Det Supt Matt Hewson confirms to #CSAinquiry that a file on Lord Janner was then sent to the CPS, and DPP Alison Saunders decided not to charge on “public interest” grounds because of the peer’s state of health.
Leicestershire Police prepared to challenge the DPP’s decision not to charge in court, as complainants went through the victims’ right for review, confirms Det Supt Matt Hewson.

And, he confirms, the latter was successful in overturning the charging decision.
Lord Janner was initially charged in relation to nine complainants, and was then to be charged in relation to a further three, Det Supt Matt Hewson confirms to #CSAinquiry.
The Met informed Leicestershire Police of allegations from ‘Nick’, later publicly named as Carl Beech, Det Supt Matt Hewson confirms to #CSAinquiry.

As he explains that Nick’s allegations against Janner were “minimal”, not going “into any detail whatsoever”, feed is cut again.
Janner hearing at #CSAinquiry has adjourned for lunch.

Det Supt Matt Hewson is due to return this afternoon to continue to give evidence in the open. We will see.
Hearing resumes.

Jacqueline Carey, junior counsel to #CSAinquiry, tells chairwoman Alexis Jay that restriction order made this morning was in fact not necessary, and it is formally withdrawn. So the transcript should reflect that in due course.
Det Supt Matt Hewson confirms that Leicestershire Police had not completed investigations into more allegations from further complainants at the time of Lord Janner’s death.

And that completes his evidence in open session. The hearing goes into secret session.
Following Det Supt Matt Hewson’s evidence in closed session, #CSAinquiry produces this woeful “summary”, saying that no charges were pressed against Janner after an unidentified police probe.

(Janner was charged years later following Operation Enamel.)…
CPS revealed in a PUBLIC statement in 2015 that police investigated Greville Janner in 1991 over allegations by one person who featured in trial of Frank Beck.

CPS, it admitted in 2015, decided that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute, but that this decision was WRONG.

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