The recent case of the schoolteacher who is accused of abducting a teenager has now been committed to Crown Court. Jeremy Forrest was a teacher at Eastbourne’s Bishop Bell Church of England school and appeared at the Magistrates’ Court in Brighton via a video link from Lewes prison. The 30 year old, originally from Scotland, was arrested on the 28th September in Bordeaux after a European arrest warrant was issued.
After he was extradited from France to the UK, Forrest was charged on the 10th October by Sussex police with child abduction, the name of whom cannot be revealed. In court Forrest, now with a shaven head and wearing a patterned jumper, only spoke to confirm his name and his date of birth, and listened to proceedings from his room in prison as the next hearing for his case was listed as being at Lewes Crown Court in 11th January.
Phil Smith, Forrest’s solicitor, made no bail application during the 7 minute hearing, and there was no indication of how Forrest would plead. Chris Bell, the chair of the Bench, remanded Forrest in custody until the hearing.