Pae­dophile on run is fi­nally jailed

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

A PAE­DOPHILE rapist who fled the coun­try to avoid trial has been jailed after be­ing ex­tra­dited back to the West Mid­lands.

Bog­dan Ber­navic, 26, had groomed and abused a 13-year-old school­girl after re­peat­edly ply­ing her with drink and drugs.

He was ini­tially ar­rested after be­ing spot­ted pick­ing her up from school in his Mercedes in 2014.

The preda­tor was charged with mul­ti­ple rape of­fences in Jan­uary 2017 but fled while on court bail.

The trial went ahead as planned and Ber­navic was con­victed in his ab­sence on Jan­uary 18 this year at War­wick Crown Court.

Of­fi­cers work­ing with over­seas of­fi­cials tracked him to Ro­ma­nia in March. Re­al­is­ing the net was draw­ing in, Ber­navic made a last-ditch at­tempt to evade jus­tice and booked a flight to Spain.

When he ar­rived at the air­port on March 16 this year, in­stead of board­ing a flight to Madrid, he was greeted by of­fi­cials and ex­tra­dited to the UK to serve out his sen­tence. He was sen­tenced last Wed­nes­day at War­wick Crown Court where he was also placed on the Sex Of­fender Reg­is­ter in­def­i­nitely. De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Joseph Daven­port, whose team led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said: “Ber­navic is a dan­ger­ous sex­ual preda­tor who tar­geted and took ad­van­tage of a vul­ner­a­ble young girl. “This case il­lus­trates how se­ri­ously we take cases of ex­ploita­tion, groom­ing and rape.”

> Bog­dan Ber­navic

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