Spanish authorities have now arrested two British men on the Costa Blanca in a matter of weeks, after they tried to flee UK justice over child sex abuse charges. The latest case saw a 61-year-old detained on the Orihuela Costa by the National Police and taken to court to Madrid ahead of an extradition hearing. He’s wanted in Nottingham over charges of indecent assault; sexual assault on a minor; witness intimidation; and forcing a minor to watch pornography. If found guilty, he could face 39 years behind bars.
Last month, a British man wanted on charges of sexually abusing underage boys in the UK, was picked up by the National Police on a European Arrest warrant in Alicante Province. The location of the arrest and the man’s identity in that case were not revealed, with authorities only stating that he was wanted by Newcastle upon Tyne court over eight counts of assault stretching back to 1994 and 1995.
In the Orihuela Costa arrest, with unconfirmed reports suggesting that it may have been in the Villamartin area, the unnamed 61-year-old is accused of sexually abusing his nine-year-old daughter in the early nineties, as well as assaulting an 11-year-old girl in the summer of 2014 and forcing her to watch pornographic videos. He is also said to have sent threatening mobile text messages if people testified against him.
The National Police got a tip at the start of the month that the fugitive was hiding out on the Orihuela Costa and started the search for the alleged abuser which ended successfully last week.