King loses bid over appeal refusal
Pop mogul Jonathan King, who was jailed for sexually abusing boys, has failed to win permission to challenge a decision not to refer his case to the Court of Appeal.
King, 60, served half of a seven-year sentence imposed at the Old Bailey in November 2001.
The jury heard that the Cambridge-educated impresario lured boys as young as 14 to his home in Bayswater, London, in the '80s and plied them with alcohol and presents before assaulting them.
He was refused leave to appeal against both his conviction and sentence and has since unsuccessfully asked the Criminal Cases Review Commission to refer his case.
His lawyers claimed the conviction was unlawful on a technicality in that the Director of Public Prosecutions did not consent to the prosecution.
His QC, Orlando Pownall, told Lord Justice Kennedy and Mr Justice Walker at London's High Court that the CCRC's decision not to refer was unreasonable and irrational as there was no evidence of any written consent. He argued that an initialled entry on a court file to that effect was insufficient.
Dismissing King's application for permission to bring a judicial review, Mr Justice Walker said all that was required was that consent had been given and not that it be given in writing or evidenced in any particular way.
There was "plain evidence" that the DPP had consented and he was satisfied that the case had no reasonable prospect of success.
Afterwards, King, who was not in court, said in a statement that he was "totally, 100% innocent".
He added: "The courts are entitled to declare me legally guilty of crimes I did not commit but that doesn't make it true. I shall continue to fight to prove my innocence."
Im as happy as a pig in s*it.
It is going to cost him a fortune to take it to the European Court of Human Rights