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Child rapist who fled country is jailed

Muhammad Avais Credit: ITV News Central

A man from Stoke-on-Trent who fled the country after being convicted of raping a child has been sentenced to 20 years in jail.

Muhammad Avais was originally jailed for 19 years after a trial that was held in his absence. Today (3 Feb), he was given an extra 12 months.

He initially travelled to Pakistan but spent the last 12 months in Abu Dhabi where he was re-arrested.

Our correspondent Rajiv Popat was given exclusive access to Staffordshire Police as they tracked Avais down in Abu Dhabi.

Detective Constable Jason Reaney, from the Fugitive and Extradition Unit, said: