Wife of jailed teacher Jeremy Forrest begins divorce proceedings

EastbourneThe wife of the Maths teacher jailed for abducting a 15 year-old pupil has begun divorce proceedings.

Jeremy Forrest was sentenced to five and half years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of abducting the girl to France in September last year. He admitted having a sexual relationship with the teenager.

Forrest, 30, had worked at the Bishop Bell secondary school in Eastbourne but has now received a lifetime ban from working with children.

Speaking on ITV breakfast show Daybreak, Forrest’s older sister Carrie Hanspaul said his wife Emily had applied for a formal end to the marriage:

“Divorce proceedings are going through, which she initiated.”

Forrest met his estranged wife in 2007 and the couple married four years later. Hanspaul claimed the couple had had a “very difficult relationship”.

She added

“None of us has spoken to [Emily] since [Forrest and the schoolgirl] left for Bordeaux.”

Emily Forrest became emotional while giving evidence against her estranged husband at his trial. The judge ordered a recess when she burst into tears on the witness stand. She admitted that the marriage had run encountered problems in the months leading up to her husband’s desertion.

Forrest’s father Jim, a retired IT worker, claimed that his son had “been in a very dark place” when he fled to France with the girl.

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