Paedophile on run is finally jailed
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.”
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