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.
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."

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