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Fugitive rapist held in France

George Doulat Credit: West Yorkshire Police

A convicted rapist who went on the run to avoid jail has been arrested in France. George Doulat, 56, of Pasture Crescent, Filey, North Yorkshire, was sentenced in his absence to 10 years in prison for raping a teenager.

He was also convicted of attempted rape and sexual assault against the same woman, who was 19 when he committed the offences in Bradford.

Bradford Crown Court issued a warrant for Doulat's arrest when he failed to attend court last week after he was found guilty in his absence.

Police launched a manhunt and told members of the public not to approach Doulat.

West Yorkshire Police spokesman said today: "He was detained by French authorities in Calais last night."

The spokesman said Doulat would be brought before a French court but it was not yet known when he will be returned to Britain.


Teen rapist named and shamed

A court has heard of the nightmare ordeal of a Japanese tourist who was robbed and raped in Sheffield by a schoolboy - who was just 15 years old at time. She was attacked as she walked to visit a friend.

A judge today said she may never recover and said the teenager should be named and shamed as Jerone Thompson. He was caught after DNA evidence helped track him down as Martin Fisher now reports.


Ched Evans loses rape conviction appeal

Former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has lost a challenge against his conviction for rape.

The striker had his case rejected by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

The 23-year-old was jailed for five years in April for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room. Evans denied the offence but was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court of raping her at a hotel in North Wales in May last year.

Lord Judge, rejecting the conviction challenge by Evans, said:

We can see no possible basis which would justify us interfering with the verdict of the jury, which heard all the evidence and reflected on it after careful summing up by the judge.

– Lord Judge

The judges also threw out a bid by Evans to have his sentence reduced.

Leeds man convicted of attempted rape

Jonathon O'Hare

A 27-year old man has been sentenced to and indertiminate prison sentence and will serve a minimum of three years behind bars after being convicted of attempted rape.

Jonathon O'Hare, from Leeds, attacked a 26-year old woman as she jogged along the Leeds-Liverpool canal near to Whitehall Road on June 17.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Wood,from West Yorkshire Police, said: "Jonathan O'Hare is a dangerous individual who carried out a determined attack on a young lady.

"There is no doubt it would have progressed futher if it wasn't for the victim fighting back and a gentleman passer by who had the courage to intervene, the police are grateful for their actions. "

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