On-the-run Sheffield man pleads guilty to assault charges

Jonathan Dodson has pleaded guilty to two counts of ABH.
Jonathan Dodson has pleaded guilty to two counts of ABH.
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A Sheffield man who went missing for four months to avoid police questioning has now pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm.

Jonathan Dodson was finally found in Barnsley earlier this month after South Yorkshire Police had re-issued an appeal for his arrest.

He has now pleaded guilty to two charges of causing actual bodily harm and is due to be sentenced at a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court next month.

His guilty pleas come after a four month search by police.

Officers initially began circulating pictures of Dodson in January, after the 37-year-old went missing when he was wanted by officers for questioning over a number of assaults committed between May and November last year.

The force said they believed Dodson knew he was wanted by the force and speaking at the time Det Sgt Suzanne Bluck said she believed he was ‘actively evading police.’

After he had still not been located on April 7, police began circulating wanted posters.

He was finally found on April 13.

He has been remanded into custody until next month’s sentencing.