Fugitive to stand trial on sex abuse charges

An Anglesey fugitive is due to stand trial next February on child sex abuse charges.

David Daniel Hayes was remanded in custody by a judge at Mold Crown Court on Wednesday. He was arrested in Spain last month after nearly three years on the run.

The court heard Hayes (39), a former Bangor City press officer, stands accused of a number of sex offences – including rape – against an underage girl, alleged to have occurred between August 2014 and April 2015.

Hayes failed to appear in court in November 2015 and boarded a flight from Liverpool to Amsterdam, evading capture until he was tracked down by the Spanish Civil Guard in the city of Granada. He returned to the UK on Tuesday, accompanied by officers from North Wales Police.

Judge Nic Parry set a date of Monday 11th February 2019 for a trial expected to last for up to five days. Hayes was remanded in custody for the time being.

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