Alleged British sex offender to remain behind CT bars

The 52-year-old appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court yesterday.

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CAPE TOWN - An alleged British sex offender who was arrested in Cape Town after being on the run for several years, will remain behind bars at the Sea Point Police Station until his formal bail application.

The 52-year-old appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates Court yesterday, after being arrested at his Green Point home last Friday.

He was arrested as part of a probe into a paedophile ring which was uncovered in 1998 in the Bristol area.

A formal bail application will be heard tomorrow as part of the extradition process.

The court yesterday ordered the prosecution to hand over copies of the extradition documents it had received from British authorities.

The accused was found guilty of a series of child sex crimes.

He's believed to have fled while out on bail after lodging an appeal.

British reports claim he was sentenced in absentia to eight years in jail, but this was later squashed due to a technicality.

His co-accused were however convicted in a retrial in 2003.

The State said it's in possession of a provisional warrant of arrest for the Welshman.

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.