A paedophile who has spent five years on the run from police will spend this Christmas in prison.
Brian Ward, 62, from Pontyclun, has evaded authorities since 2013, was found by a police officer hiding behind a false wall in a Cardiff flat on Thursday, December 6th, 2018.
While making enquiries, the officer heard voices inside a flat which was being linked to Ward. While outside the address, the officer called a phone that was being linked to him and he heard the ringtone inside the flat. He went inside and after searching behind a bedroom mirror, the officer spotted Ward cowering behind a false wall.
He was arrested at the scene and appeared at Cardiff Crown Court where his sentence of five years and twenty weeks was read out before him.
Back in November 2013, he appeared at Newport Crown Court charged with gross indecency with a child under 16, and four counts of indecent assault on a female, but he was found guilty in his absence after he absconded midway through his trial.
Superintendent Ceri Hughes, said: “We’ve been looking for Brian Ward for some time. He evaded us for far longer than we would have liked, but he is now in custody where he belongs. He didn’t want to face justice for what he had done and was clearly angry that he’d been caught. He tried absolutely everything to avoid capture, showing no remorse for his appalling actions years ago. Our search for suspects only ends when they are in custody, no matter how long it takes.
“I really hope the news that he is now in prison will enable his victim to have some closure on what has had such a negative impact on their life.”