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Extradition case against alleged British sex offender postponed

The 52-year-old accused appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court after being arrested last week.

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CAPE TOWN – An extradition case against an alleged British sex offender who was arrested in Cape Town has been postponed to April.
 
The 52-year-old accused appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court today, after being arrested at his Green Point home nearly a week ago. 

He was apprehended by Interpol on child sex offence charges which allegedly occurred in Britain between 1983 and 1993. 

The accused, who has subsequently worked as a helicopter pilot in Cape Town, absconded before sentencing in the matter in 2000. 

The 52-year-old was convicted in 2000, on a series of indecent assault charges of minor boys in Britain.

According to British court documents, he absconded between the time he gave evidence and the time of the jury's retirement.

He was sentenced in absentia to eight years imprisonment but his sentence was later quashed on successful appeal.

His lawyers in Cape Town claim he was unaware of a retrial in 2003, in which his fellow accused were convicted again.

His defence counsel has today argued indecent assault is no longer part of South Africa's statute and is therefore not an extraditable offence.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)

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