On-the-run South Yorkshire convict jailed

Sentenced - Graham Wilson
Sentenced - Graham Wilson
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A South Yorkshire child sex offender who fled the country has been hunted down and jailed for 11 and a half years.

Graham Wilson, 70, admitted 24 charges of sexual offences against two young girls in October 2012, but fled to Northern Cyprus to avoid jail.

South Yorkshire Police issued a European Arrest Warrant and circulated that Wilson, formerly of West Bawtry Road, Rotherham, was a wanted man.

Officers tracked the pervert’s movements and were led to Cyprus in November last year. He was arrested and extradited back to the UK.

Wilson was handed an 11 and a half year sentence at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday for the crimes, the majority of which were against a girl aged between 13 and 16 from 1978.

A second victim was aged 15 when she was indecently assaulted in 1994.

Wilson was added to the Sex Offenders’ Register for life and will be the subject of a life-long Sex Offenders Prevention Order, which means he will be closely monitored after he is released.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Wilson committed the most shocking and appalling crimes imaginable and attempted to evade justice by fleeing the country. However, his freedom did not last long.

“I hope the victims in this case can take some comfort in knowing that the man responsible for the crimes committed is now behind bars where he belongs.”