Runaway sex offender caught after BOASTING about life abroad online
A sex offender from Bradford who fled the country to escape justice boasted about his life on Facebook, which apparently helped police track him down.
Steven Allison disappeared before he was due to be sentenced for two sexual assaults following a confrontation with two women at a pub in Yeadon, Leeds, with another man.
Allison, apparently drunk, made advances towards one of the women.
As the women tried to leave the pub, one was assaulted by Allison, who groped her.
Her friend threw a drink over Allison in retaliation and he punched both women to the ground.
Allison was due to be sentenced in February last year but failed to turn up at the hearing and was given a 30-month sentence in his absence.
Detectives became aware he had fled to Sydney, where he found work as a labourer and handyman, because he posted details about himself and his new life on his Facebook page using a different name.
Officers were then able to trace him to Canberra where he had most recently been living.
He was tracked down by Australian law enforcement officers and held in a detention centre.
He has been flown back to the UK to serve his 30-month sentence after an investigation involving West Yorkshire officers, Interpol and the Australian authorities.
He is expected to make an appearance at court before being transferred to prison to serve his sentence.
Detective Inspector Ben McDonald, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said: “It was clear that Allison felt he could cheat justice by fleeing the country and escaping to Australia.
“However, the police will always pursue those wanted for serious crimes such as this, regardless of where they are in the world.”