Wiltshire

Salisbury attack man extradited from US to start sentence

A doorman who attacked a man in Wiltshire but fled to the US while awaiting trial has been extradited back to the UK from California.

Moses Tomas, 31, from San Diego, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm in his absence and sentenced to eight years in jail.

He had absconded to the US after being bailed while his trial over the attack in Salisbury in July 2008 was pending.

He is due to begin his sentence after a hearing at Salisbury Crown Court.

Tomas's victim was seriously injured during the assault and was hospitalised. Tomas was arrested and charged in November 2008 and released on bail ahead of the trial, only to flee to the US.

'Complicated process'

Investigating officers from Salisbury, with the help of the Californian Police, eventually located Tomas in San Diego.

Tomas was taken into custody at the beginning of this year and, following a lengthy extradition process, was brought back to Salisbury on Wednesday.

Tomas is expected to begin his prison sentence following the court hearing later on Thursday.

Det Insp Matt Johnson said: "The extradition process is a long and complicated one and I am very pleased that we now have Tomas back on British soil so he can face his sentence.

"I hope that the victim and his family now feel that justice has been served."

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