British teacher's abduction case sent to higher court
The case of a British teacher who was arrested in France after allegedly abducting a teenage girl was committed to a higher court on Monday.
Jeremy Forrest, 30, was arrested in Bordeaux in western France on September 28 following the issuing of a European arrest warrant and was extradited to Britain.
He appeared from prison by video link for the seven-minute hearing at Brighton Magistrates Court in southeast England, and spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth.
Forrest, who taught maths at Bishop Bell Church of England School in Eastbourne, East Sussex, is accused of abducting a girl who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
The teacher, who has shaved his head since he was arrested, listened from a prison room as the next hearing in his case was scheduled for January 11 at Lewes Crown Court.
His lawyer Phil Smith did not apply for bail and there was no indication of a plea.
Magistrate Chris Bell remanded Forrest in custody until the next hearing.
© 2012 AFP