A teacher who allegedly abducted a schoolgirl and fled to France will not give evidence in his defence.
Jeremy Forrest, a 30-year-old maths teacher, denies one charge of child abduction.
The trial at Lewes Crown Court heard the pupil was 15 years old when she started a sexual relationship with Forrest after developing a crush on him at Bishop Bell CofE School in Eastbourne, East Sussex.
Defence barrister Ronald Jaffa told the court that Forrest would not be giving evidence.
Jeremy Forrest has been jailed for five and a half years on five charges of sexual activity with a child and one count of child abduction.
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