A 32-year-old man charged with sexually attacking a young boy in Knighton has appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court this morning.
Ajay Jetha was arrested last week following a serious sexual assault involving a child, near a secluded footpath, off Knighton Lane East.
Jetha was charged with nine offences including two serious sexual offences against the youngster, actual bodily harm and assault and imprisonment, detaining the victim against his will.
This morning, Jetha appeared before Magistrates in Leicester.
Dressed in a plain grey tracksuit, with clean shaven head, he heard the full list of nine offences.
But before the hearing began, a reporting restriction was put in place by Magistrates, meaning the defendant’s address would be unreportable.
Explaining the decision, lead Magistrate Linda Eaton said: “We’re going to allow an address of the defendant to be withheld from the public in these proceedings because it’s likely to result in a vigilante approach given the nature of the matter of the offences and the likelihood of harm to others.”
Jetha then stood, his hands clasped in front of him, as the list of offences was read out.
He is also charged with having 15 images of young children in his possession, as well as 40 other indecent images of children classed as category A – the most explicit. There were also 16 category B images and 29 category C images.
All of the charges relate to the an incident which happened on Tuesday, October 13.
There was one more charge relating to October 16 – the day Jetha was arrested – which is the possession of a small quantity of cannabis thought to be valued at about £10.
When asked how he would plead he looked to his solicitor, Orla Slattery, who approached him and spoke to him through the glass barrier.
Jetha addressed the court, giving no indication of plea.
“No plea,” he said.
“No indication of plea?” asked the legal assistant.
“Yes,” he replied.
Jetha was remanded in custody and led away in handcuffs and awaits a Crown Court hearing, which will take place November 16.
source: Leicester Mercury