Sex offender caught in city hotel wanted to flee to Romania
A child-porn pervert who absconded from his UK trial travelled to Dublin because he did not expect authorities to catch up with him, the High Court has heard.
Former university criminal law lecturer Julian Phillip Myerscough (53) was arrested on foot of a European Arrest Warrant after fleeing from Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday.
He escaped while the jury was considering verdicts on allegations of downloading child pornography and breaching a sexual offences prevention order at the time. He was convicted in his absence on all counts.
The former University of East Anglia academic was first convicted of similar offences and jailed for 15 months in 2010.
At his trial then, Myerscough initially claimed he had never seen the pictures, which were on a disc he said was bought at a car boot sale.
But police experts discovered he viewed child porn only minutes before looking at websites reflecting his interest in classical music, cricket and narrow-gauge railways.
Myerscough, of Lowestoft, Suffolk, who was a BBC Radio 4 contributor, was found in Dublin yesterday morning, two days after he fled England.
He was planning to travel to Hungary, the court heard.
Officers from the new Garda National Protective Service Bureau mounted an operation in conjunction with Store Street gardai and the Garda Extradition Section and liaised closely with Suffolk Police and the National Crime Agency.
Det Sgt Sean Fallon told the High Court he arrested Myerscough at 11.30am yesterday in room 106 of O'Shea's Hotel in Talbot Street.
After confirming with the defendant that he was Julian Phillip Myerscough of Alexandra Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, Det Sgt Fallon arrested him.
Det Sgt Fallon told the court he had asked Myerscough why he had chosen to come to Ireland, to which the former lecturer replied: "Because I could do so in absence of a passport."
The court also heard that the defendant did not expect a European Arrest Warrant to be fast-tracked in time for his arrest in Ireland, and he planned to board a Hungary-bound flight yesterday evening.
It is believed that Myers- cough owns property in Romania, and that he planned to travel there via Budapest.
However, an EU warrant was issued by Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday.
Having fled from the court, Myerscough is alleged to have taken a train to London and subsequently travelled by ferry from Holyhead to Dublin.
"He also had a plane ticket for a flight departing from Dublin Airport to Bucharest this evening," Sgt Fallon told the court yesterday.
Among the items seized when he was arrested were cigarettes, rolling papers, a set of keys and cash.
Myerscough, wearing a black suit jacket, blue T-shirt and jeans, told the court he "did not wish to surrender myself".
He was remanded in custody to Cloverhill prison, and will appear before the court again on October 20.
It is the second incident in which an on-the-run sex offender has been apprehended here in the space of a month.
Mian Shahid (19) was arrest- ed at Dublin Airport on September 1 as he tried to board a flight to Dubai.
The Pakistani national was wanted on foot of a European Arrest Warrant, having fled Scotland.
In his absence, he was convicted at Stafford Crown Court on April 13 of two counts of sexual assault against an 18-year-old woman.