A British sex offender has claimed that he was denied a fair trial in the UK and fled to Ireland for his own personal safety after receiving death threats.
Julian Myerscough was arrested in a Dublin hotel after he failed to return to court just before a jury found him guilty of making indecent images of children.
Myerscough, a former law lecturer, did not return to his trial at Ipswich Crown Court after lunchtime on September 30, 2015.
In his absence, a jury found him guilty of making indecent images of children and of breaching an order that was in place since he was jailed for similar offences in 2010.
After leaving court, he took a ferry from Holyhead to Dublin where gardaí arrested him at a city hotel the following day.
The 53-year-old has been in custody ever since and is fighting his extradition back to the UK where he is due to be sentenced.
He claims he was denied the right to a fair trial because of the absence of a key witness.
The court also heard he was targeted by vigilantes in his hometown and was the victim of an online hate campaign.
He said people used to spit at him on the street and he decided to leave the country after receiving death threats.
He says he is entitled to due process and has faith in the Irish courts.