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Fugitive lecturer appears in court on rape charge

PUBLISHED: 16:28 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:10 14 August 2018

Julian Myerscough at Ipswich Crown Court in 2010  Picture: ARCHANT

Julian Myerscough at Ipswich Crown Court in 2010 Picture: ARCHANT

A former law lecturer who fled the country before being convicted of possessing indecent images of children has reappeared in court charged with raping a girl under 13.

Julian Myerscough, 56, was arrested in Romania almost three years after fleeing an Ipswich Crown Court trial while the jury retired to consider a verdict.

The former UEA lecturer was returned to the UK following his extradition by a Romanian court last week.

Myerscough, formerly of Lowestoft, appeared at Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, charged with 11 additional offences, including two counts of raping a girl under the age of 13.

He spoke to confirm his name, age and nationality, before being charged with two counts of raping a girl under the age of 13, four counts of assaulting a girl under the age of 13 by penetration, four counts of indecently assaulting a girl under the age of 14 and one count of assaulting or ill-treating a child to cause unnecessary suffering.

No pleas were entered to any of the offences – all alleged to have taken place between 2001 and 2010 – the most serious of which must be heard in front of a judge.

Prosecutor Lucy Miller invited magistrates to send all matters to the crown court for a plea hearing in four weeks.

Myerscough left Ipswich Crown Court on September 30, 2015, while on trial for 13 counts of possessing indecent images of a child and three counts of breaching a sexual offences prevention order.

He was found guilty of all charges in his absence and sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court on September 14, 2017, to three-and-a-half years’ imprisonment.

Two days after his conviction, he was detained in Dublin under a European arrest warrant, but lodged a number of appeals against extradition culminating in the Irish High Court directing he should be released from prison on 17 August last year.

Myerscough was detained by Romanian law enforcement under a new arrest warrant in Arad County on 27 July.

His extradition was subsequently approved on August 7 and he was brought back to the UK by Suffolk police officers on Monday.

Magistrates remanded Myerscough in custody to appear before Ipswich Crown Court on September 11.

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