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OFFENDER CAUGHT: Convicted paedophile arrested in Watford

 Published on: 23rd September 2019   |   By: Court Reporter   |   Category: Uncategorized

An East Sussex man who was on trial for 10 child sex offences handed himself into Watford Police Station after he went on the run. 

Craig McAndrew, 34, from Newhaven, had been on trial at Lewes Crown Court which started on Monday, September 9, but fled to Watford where he was born and raised.

He was charged with ten offences of sexual assault on multiple occasions against two girls known to him, both aged under 13 between 2016 and 2018 in Newhaven.

Eight of the offences were committed against one of the girls and two against the other girl.

The trial continued in his absence and he was found guilty of all offences on Monday, September 16.

Detective constable Julie Nightingale of the East Sussex Safeguarding investigations Unit said: “Following our news and social media appeal for information on McAndrew’s whereabouts on September 20, focusing on Watford where he was born and brought up, he came into Watford Police Station early on Saturday (September 23) morning and gave himself up.

“We think the publicity helped make him decide to do this and our thanks go to our colleagues in Hertfordshire Constabulary for their support in this appeal.

“He was returned to Sussex and appeared at Lewes Crown Court on Monday, September 23 where he was remanded in custody for sentencing on October 25.”

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