South West Wales

Ex-Swansea pub landlord went on run to Spain after rape

A former Swansea pub landlord has been jailed for eight-and-a-half years for rape and going on the run in Spain for five years.

David William Pugh, 52, was arrested in January and returned to Britain.

He denied rape but was convicted at Swansea Crown Court. His conviction includes six months for absconding.

He was also convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice by offering to buy his victim a car if she withdrew her complaint.

The judge imposed no further punishment for that conviction.

Pugh ran the New York in Swansea's Princess Way until 2006 when he had been due to stand trial.

But he went on the run, staying in Spain for almost five years where he married and set up home.

The court heard how Pugh launched a nasty, aggressive and determined attack on the woman.

She said that afterwards he cried and apologised and offered her money and a car not to press charges.

Pugh had claimed the woman had consented.

Judge Huw Davies ordered Pugh to register with the police as a sex offender without limit of time.