Man arrested in Romania three years after fleeing Crown Court due before magistrates in Ipswich today

Julian Myerscough at Ipswich Crown Court in 2010 Picture: ARCHANT

Julian Myerscough at Ipswich Crown Court in 2010 Picture: ARCHANT

A 56-year-old man who was arrested in Romania almost three years after fleeing a Crown Court trial, has been returned to the United Kingdom and also charged with 11 additional offences.

Julian Myerscough, formerly from Lowestoft, left Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, during a recess while the jury in his case retired to consider their verdict.

He is now due before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today and is stood accused of 13 counts of possession of indecent images of a child and three counts of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order. He was found guilty of all charges in his absence.

Myserscough was detained two days later in Dublin under a European Arrest Warrant and Suffolk Police began working with Irish Officials and the National Crime Agency to bring him back to the UK.

However, he lodged a number of appeals to his extradition whilst in custody in Ireland, culminating in the High Court in Dublin directing that he should be released from prison on August 17, last year.

Almost two years after he absconded from court, Myerscough was sentenced in his absence on September 14, 2017, at Chelmsford Crown Court, to three years and six months imprisonment and given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

He remained a wanted person in the UK and a new European Arrest Warrant was obtained so he could be returned to the country and brought to justice.

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Myerscough was detained by Romanian law enforcement officers in Arad County, on Friday, July 27.

His extradition was subsequently approved by the Timisoara Court of Appeal at a hearing on Tuesday, August 7.

Officers from Suffolk Police travelled to Bucharest to collect him arriving back in the UK yesterday.

Myerscough was taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre where he was charged with 11 other offences, which occurred between 2001 and 2010 including two counts of raping a girl under the age of 13, four counts of assaulting a girl under the age of 13 by penetration, four counts of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 14, one count of assaulting/ill-treating a child to cause unnecessary suffering.

Myerscough was been remanded in custody to appear before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court today.

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