A Scottish rapist who was viewed as lacking, and potentially useless, in California has been sentenced to 15 many years in prison soon after authorities ultimately tracked him down.
Kim Avis, 57, was jailed in the Edinburgh Significant Courtroom pursuing his arrival again in the British isles on Friday following pleading guilty to non-sexual charges. He maintains he is harmless around the sexual-related offences.
Final month, Avis was located responsible on 3 counts of rape and one count of sexual assault in the Superior Rely in Glasgow, according to the Crown Office. He is initially from Inverness, where by we worked at the sector and experienced as soon as acquired a fantastic citizen award.
He will provide 12 many years for the sexual crimes, which consist of a rape and an offence against a youngster, and a few for not attending his court docket periods. He was meant to start out his trial in March 2019 but unsuccessful to attend courtroom as he had fled to the US.
Fraser Gibson, the procurator fiscal for Superior Courtroom sexual offences, said of the scenario, “This has been a tough and sophisticated investigation for all people concerned. I would like to commend the victims for their bravery in coming ahead.”
He continued, “Kim Avis went to good lengths to evade justice for his crimes. Many thanks to the attempts of police and prosecutors, functioning collectively with US law enforcement, he has been brought to justice and sentenced nowadays.”
Prior to arriving back in Scotland, he was in detention, less than the handle of US Marshalls from July 2019 following being believed to be missing for six months.
He was regarded to be dead as he experienced been very last found in Monastery Seashore, an notorious site in Carmel, California because of to the total of men and women who have died swimming there. The beach’s name has attained it the grim moniker “Mortuary Beach”.
It was unclear regardless of whether the guy was alive or dead, but US authorities continued their lookup and ultimately identified him in Colorado.
A member of Law enforcement Scotland’s domestic abuse activity pressure, Detective Caine McIntyre supported Avis’ conviction and praised his victims for coming ahead and cooperating with the system.
“I would like to acquire this opportunity to commend the victims/survivors in this situation for the bravery, energy and dignity they have revealed all through this investigation and subsequent courtroom scenario.”
She also urged people in similar conditions to appear forward and arrive at out to the relevant authorities.