British teacher in court on abduction charge

Thursday 11 October 2012 20.59
Married teacher Jeremy Forrest was arrested in France
Married teacher Jeremy Forrest was arrested in France

British teacher Jeremy Forrest has been remanded in custody after appearing in court charged with abducting one of his pupils.

Mr Forrest, 30, made his appearance at Eastbourne Magistrates' Court in East Sussex less than 24 hours after being extradited to Britain.

He was charged with child abduction by Sussex Police after spending eight days in France with the student last month, triggering a highly-publicised Europe-wide search.

A European Arrest Warrant was issued for Mr Forrest and he and the student, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, were eventually found in Bordeaux on 28 September after he was recognised from media coverage.

Mr Forrest, of Chislehurst Road, Petts Wood, southeast London, today spoke to confirm his name, date of birth and address in court.

The married teacher sat and listened as no bail application was made by his solicitor Phil Smith.

Mr Forrest was remanded in custody by magistrate Nick Letherby and will reappear in the same court via video-link on 17 October.