Paedophile Michael McCartney jailed for extra year

Michael McCartney
Image caption Michael McCartney was sentenced to eight years in prison in his absence

One of Britain's most wanted criminals, a paedophile who fled to Spain, has had a year added to his sentence.

Michael McCartney, 78, from Letchworth in Hertfordshire, was convicted of 11 sexual offences in March and jailed for eight years.

He was arrested in Alicante on 14 November and extradited on the orders of a Spanish high court judge.

A judge at Cambridge Crown Court sentenced him to a further 12 months imprisonment.

McCartney was arrested after the National Crime Agency released a list of 13 men it wanted to trace.

He had been convicted at Cambridge Crown Court of nine counts of indecent assault against three boys under the age of 16 in Letchworth between 1989 and 2006.

He was also convicted of one offence of gross indecency and one of sexual activity with a child.

He was due to be sentenced in April but failed to attend at Cambridge Crown Court.

The offences involved him grooming young boys, buying things their parents could not afford and gaining their trust before assaulting them, the court was told during his trial.

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