Former UEA lecturer sentenced to more than three years
PUBLISHED: 15:44 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:17 14 September 2017
A former lecturer who escaped to Ireland after being convicted of having indecent images of children has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.
Julian Myerscough, 55, was found guilty of 16 counts in 2015 but before the jury returned their verdict he fled to Ireland by ferry.
European warrants were executed and he was arrested a few days later. But despite the Republic of Ireland trying to extradite him back to the UK, Chelmsford Crown Court heard today he had “frustrated the process at every turn”.
He was released from custody last month after it was deemed too much time has passed.
Today, Her Honour Judge Emma Peters said it did not follow that just because Myerscough had been in custody for two years it should be taken off his sentence.
She said: “If he should be arrested and brought before the court I very much hope it is before me.”
Myerscough was a law lecturer at the University of East Anglia before he was sacked in 2010 after being convicted of being in possession of indecent images of children.
He was made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order which meant police could keep track of his computer activity.
The court heard he used software to hide his browsing history, which he had denied, and was not allowed to do.
Today it was ordered he should no longer be able to use such software and that he would be placed on the sex offenders register for life.
He was sentenced to three years and six months in prison in his absence.