May 2017

Fugitive child rapist who fled Staffordshire jailed after police hunt him to Brazil

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A child rapist who spent four years as a fugitive in Brazil where he got married and fathered a baby has been jailed today.

Antonio Pedro De Olivera Alves raped an 11-year-old girl in January 2012 after posing as a teenager online.

The 45-year-old denied the charge and was granted bail, but fled to France before his trial in May the following year where a European Arrest Warrant was issued.

Jurors found Alves, formerly of Rugeley, guilty of one count of raping a girl under 13 in his absence at Stafford Crown Court in May 2013.

He was sentenced to 11 years in prison in his absence, but Portuguese-speaking Alves left France for Brazil, where he remarried and had a baby.

Staffordshire Police worked with international authorities and eventually traced him 6,000 miles away in Rio Di Janeiro in September 2014.

He was arrested and imprisoned locally, where he claimed he was tortured before he was finally extradited to the UK last month.

Alves admitted breaching his bail conditions at Wolverhampton Crown Court today and was jailed for six months concurrent to his original rape sentence.

Wearing a grey hoody and transparent sunglasses with a shaven head and goatee beard Alves remained emotionless throughout the 15-minute hearing.

Judge John Wait said: “You appeared at Stafford Crown Court on April 16, 2013, where you pleaded not guilty to offences of rape on a girl, then aged 11.

“You trial was set for May 20, but you deliberately absconded before that date. Your car was seen at a channel crossing on CCTV.

“You were tried in your absence and convicted of a count of rape and sentenced to 11 years imprisonment.

“You have remained at large or resisting your being returned to this country for four years. You moved from Europe, where a European Arrest Warrant was in place, to South America.

“This was a lengthy and determined attempt to avoid responsibility for what you have done.

“The length of time will have caused additional distress to your victim. She will inevitably have been wondering where you are.”

Alves posed as a teen boy online to befriend his then 11-year-old victim and arranged to meet her in January 2012.

But the paedophile raped her in his car and he was arrested in January the following year after she reported the attack.

The judge issued a European Arrest Warrant when he failed to attend his trial in May 2013. The Brazil Supreme Court Made the ruling to extradite him back to the UK last month.

May 2016

Paedophile who went on the run when he was bailed after raping a 12-year-old girl in Britain is found three years later in Brazil 

A rapist who attacked a 12-year-old girl in Britain and went on the run after being given bail has finally turned up 5,000 miles away in Brazil.

Antonio Pedro De Alves, 44, a Portuguese national, was convicted in absentia at Stafford Crown Court in May 2013 and jailed for 11 years.

But a three-year manhunt ended earlier this month when he was discovered in the beach resort of Jaboatao dos Guararapes, where he had married a Brazilian woman.

Alves, who was arrested by the Brazilian Federal Police, has been remanded in custody and now faces extradition to the UK, where he will serve his sentence.

Ronnie Biggs, the Great Train Robber, famously fled from Britain to Brazil and managed to avoid extradition for years.

But an extradition treaty between the two countries was signed in 1997 and the country is no longer a safe haven for fugitives.

Alves was living in the English town of Rugeley in Staffordshire when he first made contact with his victim on the social media website Bebo,

He pretended to be a sports-loving 15-year-old and eventually persuaded to meet up at a supermarket car park in Cannock in December 2011.

When she arrived he claimed to be a relative of the 15-year-old boy but she immediately became suspicious and tried to flee.

But Alves dragged her into his car and raped her.

He was arrested and charged in January 2013 but was inexplicably given bail.

Alves skipped bail and an international arrest warrant was issued by Interpol.

A local newspaper in Jaboatao dos Guararapes, which is near Recife, reported Alves had married in 2014. 

The victim’s mother had previously said: ‘The police investigation from the very beginning seemed slow and it has all been such a long, drawn out process.

‘We couldn’t believe he was allowed bail after being charged, as he was a foreign national who could easily slip abroad.

‘My daughter has been so brave. We are all so proud of her but she deserves justice.’

September 2014

Schoolgirl rape victim hiring private detective to track down her attacker

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A schoolgirl rape victim is set to hire a private detective to track down her attacker, who has been on the run abroad for more than a year after being granted bail.

The young Midlands victim was left distraught after Portuguese national Antonio Pedro De Alves, 41, fled the UK just days before his trial last May.

He was convicted of raping the then 12-year-old in his absence and sentenced to 11 years.

But more than a year on and the monster has still not been traced, despite an international arrest warrant being issued.

Now the girl’s mum has revealed her determined daughter plans to hire a private detective to track down evil Alves because of the apparent lack of progress in the case by Staffordshire Police.

Incredibly the brave victim, now aged 17, plans to fund the hunt from money due to be awarded to her by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

Her mum said: “We do not know if police have any leads, any sightings, or even if they have spoken lately to police in Portugal, where we believe he is probably living.

“For my daughter, her life is in limbo. She cannot move on while the man who abused her is walking free.

“She is due to receive money from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board early next year. She plans to use some of that to hire a private detective to see if they can trace her rapist.

“I am disgusted that she feels she has to do this, but she thinks this could help bring him to justice.’’

De Alves was living in Rugeley, Staffordshire, when he first contacted his victim via the social website Bebo, claiming to be a sports-loving 15-year-old.

Over months he groomed the youngster online and eventually convinced her to meet up at a supermarket car park in Cannock.

But when the schoolgirl arrived de Alves claimed he was a relative of the 15-year-old boy, who he said had asked him to meet her because he was running late.

The youngster was immediately suspicious and tried to flee, but de Alves pulled her into his car where the attack took place.

The schoolgirl reported the attack to police in December 2011 and de Alves was arrested the following January and his computers seized. He was charged in January 2013 and appeared at court, but was inexplicably granted bail.

He fled abroad shortly before his trial last May.

The mum said: “The police investigation from the very beginning seemed slow and it has all been such a long, drawn out process.

“We couldn’t believe he was allowed bail after being charged, as he was a foreign national who could easily slip abroad.

“My daughter has been so brave, and is now slowly rebuilding her life and hopes to eventually start a university course. We are all so proud of her but she deserves justice.”

Staffordshire Police issued a statement last night. It said: “A warrant was issued by the courts after Alves failed to appear and officers from a specialist investigation team began inquiries to locate Alves using a variety of tactics. Inquiries are ongoing and Staffordshire officers are in continuous contact with foreign authorities via the National Crime Agency and Interpol.

“While we are making inquiries to locate Alves we do not have jurisdiction, or power in law, to go to another country until their law enforcement officers have detained the wanted individual. Our officers have supplied the relevant authorities with a significant amount of information and our work with them is ongoing.’’

The police also insisted the family were ‘happy’ at the updates they are receiving from the force. “After hearing of the victim’s family’s initial dissatisfaction at lack of contact after the court date we agreed a communication method with a single point of contact and remain committed to updating them with any investigative developments. They understand and are happy that this will only be when there is significant news.”

But the mum said: ‘‘The police family liaison officers have been wonderful, but there is only so much they can tell us.

“Since Alves’ conviction we have had very little feedback from police about their search for him and have heard nothing substantial about the investigation for months. We have been left in the dark.’’

The West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that following Alves’ conviction and sentencing, an international warrant had been issued for his arrest and passed on to police.

*Anyone with information should contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can ring independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.’’

May 2013

Police hunting for predatory child rapist on the run

Police are hunting a Portuguese child rapist who has gone on the run after being allowed bail and to keep his passport while awaiting trial.

Antonio Pedro De Alves, 41, had groomed a 12 year-old West Midlands schoolgirl on social network Bebo by pretending to be a 15-year-old boy.

The monster eventually lured the youngster to supermarket car park, where he brutally raped her.

But his brave victim went to police and de Alves was traced and arrested.

He had been due to stand trial rape this week at Stafford Crown Court, but skipped bail and was convicted of rape of a child under 13 in his absence.

An international arrested warrant is now being prepared to track down the predatory paedophile.

Last night, a close friend of the victim’s family said: ‘‘It beggars belief that a foreign national accused of raping a child was ever allowed out on bail while he faced such serious charges.

‘‘His victim has been astonishingly brave throughout, from reporting the attack to police to giving compelling evidence at the trial. Her family is incredibly proud of her.

‘‘The police, particularly the family liaison officer, have been wonderful and supportive. But the family just cannot understand how this man was allowed bail by the courts and to keep his passport.

‘‘Apparently, he had been assessed and was not deemed a flight risk. But the fear is that he has now fled abroad, probably back to Portugal.

‘‘If that is true, we can only hope that he is tracked down and extradited back to the UK – and is handed the lengthy sentence this scum deserves.’’

De Alves was living in RugeleyStaffordshire, when he first contacted his victim via the social website Bebo, claiming to be a sports-loving 15-year-old.

Over the next six months he groomed the youngster online and eventually convinced her to meet up at a supermarket car park in Cannock, Staffordshire,

But when the schoolgirl arrived de Alves claimed he was a relative of the 15-year-old, who he claimed had asked him to meet her because he was running late.

The youngster was immediately suspicious and tried to flee, but de Alves pulled her into his car where the attack took place.

The schoolgirl reported the attack to police in December 2011 and de Alves was arrested and his computers seized. He later appeared at court, but was inexplicably granted bail.

The two-day trial took place this week in his absence and the schoolgirl gave harrowing evidence. The jury found de Alves was guilty of one count of rape and acquitted him of a second rape charge.

The guilty verdict has brought some comfort to his victim, the family friend said. But he added: ‘‘Justice will only be fully served when this monster is caught and jailed for a very long time.’’

Vinny Bolina, spokesman for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, confirmed that the judge in the case had this week ordered that an International Arrest Warrant for de Alves be prepared with 14 days.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: ‘‘Alves was charged in January 2013 following a thorough investigation by detectives from our Protecting Vulnerable People Department.

‘‘During the investigation Alves, who was arrested in January 2012, answered police bail on numerous occasions pending detailed examination of forensic evidence.

‘‘He failed to appear at crown court this week and was convicted in his absence. A warrant for his arrest will now be issued.’’

The spokesman added: ‘‘Staffordshire Police follows strict, national guidelines in relation to granting suspects bail and any bail conditions that are imposed.

‘‘The protection and safeguarding of young people is a top priority for Staffordshire Police.’’

*Anyone with information about Alves’ whereabouts should contact Staffordshire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can ring independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.’’

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