A paedophile who had been on the run from police for five years has been arrested after being found behind a false wall in Cardiff.
In November 2013 Brian Ward was charged with gross indecency with a child under 16, and four counts of indecent assault on a woman. The 62-year-old fled midway through his trial at Newport Crown Court and has been on the run since then.
Ward was discovered by South Wales Police on 6 December, as he hid behind a fake wall in a flat in Cardiff Bay. The officer who made the arrest heard voices inside a flat which police believed was linked with the missing man.
While outside the flat, the officer called a phone linked to Ward and heard the ringtone inside the property. The officer went inside, searched behind a bedroom mirror, and spotted Brian Ward cowering behind a false wall.
The 62-year-old from Pontyclun has been jailed for five years and 20 weeks.