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Julian Myerscough detained in Romania under European Arrest Warrant

Author: Marius West Published: 10th August 2018 15:09


Julian Myerscough detained in Romania under European Arrest Warrant

A 56-year-old man who fled a crown court trial almost three years ago ahead of being found guilty of possessing indecent images of children, has been arrested in Romania.

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

A crown court warrant was issued for his arrest and Suffolk Police officers immediately began enquiries to locate him. Officers then became aware that he was en route to Ireland via a ferry from Holyhead and quickly secured a European Arrest Warrant. He was detained under this warrant by Garda officers in a Dublin city centre hotel on the morning of Friday 2 October.

Myerscough was subsequently remanded in custody after appearing before the High Court in Dublin and Suffolk Police then began working with Irish officials and the National Crime Agency to bring Myerscough back to the United Kingdom.

However, he lodged a number of appeals to his extradition with the Irish courts, culminating in the High Court in Dublin directing that he should be released from prison on 17 August 2017, deeming that too much time had passed and he was being unlawfully detained.

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

He stood accused of 13 counts of possession of indecent images of a child and three counts of breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order and was found guilty of all charges in his absence.

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.

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

His extradition was subsequently approved by the Timisoara Court of Appeal at a hearing on Tuesday 7 August. Arrangements are now being made for officers from Suffolk Police to travel to Bucharest and return him to the UK.









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