A sex offender who was extradited from the USA to face justice on Wednesday, December 23, began a 21 month jail sentence.
As previously reported, Andrew Ferris, 39, of Humbie, East Lothian, failed to appear for his trial at Lincoln Crown Court back in September 2014.
The hearing went ahead in his absence and he was subsequently convicted by a jury of eight charges of voyeurism.
After the trial, Ferris was traced to the USA and was detained by the US Marshals Service. He was extradited back to the UK yesterday and brought into custody from Heathrow Airport to be formally sentenced this afternoon.
Ferris, through his barrister Mark Watson, expressed some bewilderment at the position he was in.
But Judge John Pini QC said: “I am satisfied he voluntarily absented himself. He knew his trial was about to take place and he went to ground.”
The judge formally ordered Ferris to begin his sentence telling him: “You were warned a long while back that the court had the power to try the case in your absence.
“On two occasions the matter was listed for trial and you weren’t here. You must now start serving the sentence I imposed of 21 months.”