A serial fraudster who went on the run for five days with a 14-year-old girl has been jailed for six years. John Bush sparked a nationwide manhunt after he abducted the teenager from her home near Doncaster.
She was eventually found with Bush by police near Euston Station in central London.
Jailing him today, a judge told Bush he believed he was at least partly motivated by sex. From Sheffield Crown Court, David Hirst reports.
Defence lawyer Nicholas De La Poer said his client John Bush had taken advantage of a vulnerable 14 year-old-girl in an unhappy family relationship and had "crossed the line into an illicit relationship".
The prosecution has been outlining its case against John Bush, whose abduction of a teenage girl in Doncaster sparked a nationwide hunt. Bush was on the run for five days in June with the 14-year-old girl, who can't be named for legal reasons.
Bush has admitted sexual activity with a child, child abduction and making off without paying for hotel rooms. The girl was with Bush when he was arrested by a British Transport Police officer at Euston station in central London.
The Crown Prosecution Service has issued the following statement after John Bush admitted abducting a teenager and engaging in sexual activity with her.
"John Bush has today pleaded guilty to all of the offences he was charged with. The CPS worked with South Yorkshire Police to build a strong case against him. We are pleased that the strength of the evidence has led to John Bush entering guilty pleas. This means the victim will not have to give evidence in court."
A 35-year-old man from South Yorkshire who went on the run with a 14-year-old girl has admitted abducting her and sexual activity with the teenager. John Bush disappeared with the girl, who can't be named, in June.
A nationwide police hunt was launched after she went missing from her home near Doncaster. She was found with Bush four days later at Euston Station. This morning Bush appeared at Sheffield Crown Court and was remanded in custody. He will be sentenced on November the 4th.