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State given time to retrieve extradition docs against alleged sex offender

Interpol arrested the Welshman on Friday in connection with a string of child sex crimes.

Picture: RSC Inc.

CAPE TOWN - The court has given the State an opportunity to retrieve official extradition papers for an alleged British sex offender who has been arrested in Cape Town.

The 52-year-old is appearing in the Cape Town Magistrates Court today.

Interpol arrested him at his home in Green Point on Friday, in connection with a string of child sex crimes.

The State says it is in possession of a provisional warrant of arrest for the Welshman.

The prosecution, however, does not have the formal extradition documents from the United Kingdom in court today.

The documents include the request for the accused's provisional arrest, the charge sheet and a summary of the key evidence pertaining to the offences.

The magistrate has given them an opportunity to retrieve these documents from its offices in Pretoria.

The accused absconded while on bail after being convicted in Britain about 15 years ago.

He was awaiting sentencing for sexually assaulting boys in Britain.

The man has subsequently worked as a helicopter pilot and it consultant in Cape Town.

The sex offender's lawyer says his client has been living in South Africa on-and-off since 2000.

The case has been postponed until Thursday for a formal bail application.