Jonathan King wins right to appeal to Europe over his convictions for sexual assaults on teenage boys
Last updated at 18:08pm on 10th November 2007 Comments (1)
Pop impresario Jonathan King, convicted of a series of sexual assaults on teenage boys, has launched an appeal at the European Court of Human Rights.
King, 62, who has always protested his innocence, claims he received an unfair trial. In June lawyers submitted his case to the Strasbourg court, which accepted it last week.
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King, 62, convicted of a series of sex assaults on teeange boys, claims he received an unfair trial
He claims he was in New York when one of the offences – for which he received a six-year sentence – was committed in London.
King was convicted at the Old Bailey in September 2001 of six separate paedophile offences up to 20 years earlier.
He was sentenced to seven years in jail and served half that time before being released on parole in March 2005.
When he was released, King says he went through his papers and discovered that on the weekend in question – September 7 and 8, 1985 – he was in New York for the US Open Tennis men's final between John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl.
Steven Bird, King's solicitor, said: 'It is encouraging that the ECHR has accepted the application. We now hope the judges will consider carefully whether Mr King had a fair trial.'