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Sutton Paedophile Who Went On The Run Found Guilty

4th August 2021
Mansfield, Ashfield

Sutton Paedophile Who Went On The Run Found Guilty

Mezbaha Uddin who went on the run as detectives closed in on him is now facing a long spell in prison after a jury convicted him of a string of child sex offences.

He was arrested by the National Crime Agency in Dover after being found hiding in a lorry destined for France.

The 39-year-old was under investigation by Nottinghamshire Police in relation to a number of incidents between September 2018 and July 2020.

A jury has now found him guilty of 16 child sexual offences.

Canterbury Crown Court heard his arrest followed an allegation of sexual communication with a child in Nottinghamshire in July 2019.

Jurors heard he interacted with a decoy account set up by an online child activist group. 

The group alerted police when he sent indecent images of himself and arranged to meet who he thought was a 14-year-old girl in Mansfield.

Uddin was arrested and his mobile was seized.

Messages from a chatroom website found Uddin, of Outram Street, Sutton-in-Ashfield, had attempted to engage in sexual communications with over a dozen underage girls, in some instances with a view to meet up with them.

On other occasions he encouraged girls to engage in sexual activity while he watched.

Uddin will be sentenced on October 22.

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