GONE SOUTH

Man who fled South Australia while on bail for sex offences is caught in South Africa after being tracked down by his ‘victims’

  • Paedophile who fled Australia in 2011 is found in South African jail
  • The 75-year-old was to be released from Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town
  • His alleged Australian victims appealed to the South African parole board
  • He’s accused of 24 child sex offences in South Australia from 1999 to 2003
  • He pleaded guilty to sexually abusing eight children in Cape Town
A 75-year-old man is accused of 24 child sex offences in South Australia between 1999 and 2003 before he fled to South Africa in 2011. 
A 75-year-old man is accused of 24
child sex offences in South Australia between 1999 and 2003 before he
fled to South Africa in 2011. 
Alleged victims of a convicted paedophile who fled Australia in 2011 have tracked him down to a South African jail. 
The
75-year-old man, who cannot be identified, had been serving 16 months
of a five-year sentence in Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town after sexually
abusing eight children and pleading guilty to 15 sex assault charges in
Cape Town Regional Court in April last year, news.com.au reports.  
The
retired mining engineer was facing 24 child sex in South Australia
before leaving the country after being granted bail in 2011.
His
alleged Australian victims appealed to the parole board of his South
African prison to keep him locked away after learning he was due to be
set free.
Instead
of being released on August 5th to complete his term under correctional
supervision, the 75-year-old was arrested by Interpol agents and kept
behind bars where he may be extradited to face child sex charges in
South Australia.
He is accused of 24 child sex offences in South Australia between 1999 and 2003 before he fled the country, News.com.au reports.
During his new life in the Cape Town suburb of Sea Point, he went on to abuse three boys and five girls who attended his church.
He admitted in a plea and sentencing hearing to taking them to his home for ‘sleepovers’ where he would sexually assault them.
The
federal Attorney-General’s Department wouldn’t tell News.com.au whether
man would be be handed over to Australian authorities.
‘(Name
withheld) is wanted to face prosecution in South Australia for 24 child
sex offences alleged to have taken place between 1999 and 2003,’ a
spokesman said in a statement.
The man had served 16 months of a five-year sentence in Pollsmoor Prison (pictured) in Cape Town after sexually abusing eight children and pleading guilty to 15 sex assault charges

The man had served 16 months of a
five-year sentence in Pollsmoor Prison (pictured) in Cape Town after
sexually abusing eight children and pleading guilty to 15 sex assault
charges
Instead of being released from Pollsmoor Prison (pictured) on August 5th to complete his term under correctional supervision, the 75-year-old was arrested by Interpol agents and kept behind bars

Instead of being
released from Pollsmoor Prison (pictured) on August 5th to complete his
term under correctional supervision, the 75-year-old was arrested by
Interpol agents and kept behind bars
‘(Name
withheld) is currently in South African custody serving a custodial
sentence for unrelated child sexual assault offences that took place in
South Africa.
‘As
a matter of longstanding practice the Australian Government does not
disclose whether it has made an extradition request to a foreign country
until the person is arrested or brought before the court in a foreign
country pursuant to that request.
A formal extradition inquiry will be held on October 4.

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