US fugitive Nicholas Rossi also wanted for questioning over UK rape in Essex

Nicholas Rossi leaving court in Scotland on 11 November.
Credit: PA
Nicholas Rossi leaving court in Scotland earlier in November. Credit: PA

A man who was found by a judge to be a US fugitive wanted on rape charges is also facing questioning over a rape claim in the UK, it has emerged.

Nicholas Rossi had tried to convince the Scottish courts over the last year that he was an Irish orphan called Arthur Knight but, following a ruling on his identity, now faces extradition hearings in January and March.

The 35-year-old is being sought by American authorities in relation to claims he raped two women in the US.

It is understood, however, that alleged offences in the UK must be dealt with first, which means his extradition may be delayed.

Essex Police have confirmed they are looking to question Rossi over a rape allegation after his identity was established at a hearing earlier this month.

A spokesperson said: “We are now liaising with Scottish authorities in order to facilitate an interview with the man regarding a non-recent allegation of rape in Chelmsford which was made to us in April 2022.”

It is alleged Rossi fled to the UK from the United States in 2020 after faking his own death to escape charges in relation to alleged rapes.

He was arrested at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow, in October 2021 after checking himself in with Covid-19 under the name Arthur Knight.

At a hearing in Edinburgh in November, police and medical staff were able to identify him as Rossi after being given an Interpol red notice which had pictures of the man’s face and tattoos on it.

Following a string of preliminary hearings in which Rossi claimed he was tattooed while unconscious and sacked multiple lawyers working on his case, sheriff Norman McFadyen confirmed his identity as Nicholas Rossi.

Despite the court ruling, Rossi continues to insist he is Arthur Knight and that he is the victim of a case of a mistaken identity.

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