Police appeal over child rapist on run for three weeks

Police have today issued an appeal to track down a child rapist who has been missing for almost three weeks.

Police have appealed for the public's help to catch missing child rapist Abdelouaheb Delhoum. Credit: Wiltshire Police

Abdelouaheb Delhoum was freed on bail by a judge on May 1 after being convicted of sex offences - including the rape of a child under 13.

He was ordered to return to Swindon Crown Court for sentencing on June 13 but the 45-year-old failed to turn up at court.

Wiltshire Police released a picture of the Algerian-born defendant 19 days after he went missing.

Delhoum lived in Headington, Oxfordshire and committed the offences in Swindon between 2009 and 2012.

A police spokesman said: "Abdelouaheb Delhoum was convicted of two counts of sexual assault on a child under 13, three counts of inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and one count of rape of a child under 13 years.

"Delhoum was convicted at Swindon Crown Court on May 1 and was released on conditional bail until June 13 but he has not returned or made contact with police since."