Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

DEFENCE QC Sasha Wass said that Sparks’ of­fend­ing in his 20s could have been linked to a se­ri­ous road ac­ci­dent he had when a teenager. He had to learn to walk again, suf­fered from de­pres­sion and was left im­ma­ture and drawn to peo­ple younger than him. Sparks pan­icked and fled the coun­try when he was due to stand trial in 1996. Miss Wass said: “For the last 10 years he has been wait­ing to be ar­rested. He knew it was in­evitable.”

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