Lincolnshire

Grantham sex offender convicted after 25 years on run

A sex offender who stole the identity of his lover's husband has been convicted after 25 years on the run.

Michael Evans, 61, disappeared from his home in Grantham, Lincolnshire, in 1988 shortly before a trial for sexually assaulting a young girl.

He ran away with his friend's wife to Greece and then Kent.

On Friday, Evans, of Margate, was convicted of attempted rape, indecent assault and indecency with a child and will be sentenced in January.

Evans, who was then known as Michael Kime, was accused of abusing an eight-year-old girl.

But he evaded justice, using a friend's birth and marriage certificates to get a passport to travel to Greece where he picked olives.

On his return he obtained a driver's licence, also under his friend's name, before he changed it to Evans by deed poll along with his partner Susan Foster, now Evans.

They were unmasked in 2012 when detectives reopened the disappearance of Foster who was still listed as a missing person.

They tracked her down and discovered she was living with a wanted man.

When officers reopened the abuse case they found the original court papers had been lost and had to find the victim.

'Got to be prison'

The woman, who cannot be identified and is in her 30s, gave a fresh interview, confirming the original statements that she had been abused on several occasions.

At Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, a jury convicted Evans of two charges of attempted rape, six charges of indecent assault and two charges of indecency with a child.

Before the trial he and his partner Susan Evans, also 61, both admitted conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

They will both be sentenced in January.

Recorder Gareth Evans remanded Evans into custody and told him: "It has got to be prison. There is no alternative."

Susan Evans was granted bail.

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