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Crash death man Wayne Smith hands himself in to Cyprus police

Wayne Smith
Image caption Smith was convicted in his absence in 2006

A man named as one of nine "most wanted" UK fugitives hiding in Cyprus has handed himself in to police on the island.

West Midlands Police said Wayne Smith, 38, of Birmingham, had given himself up in the south of the island. He is expected to return to the UK this week.

Smith was convicted over a Bordesley Green crash that killed a man aged 22.

The victim was hit by one car then struck by a second, driven by Smith, and dragged for 350 yards.

West Midlands Police said Mohammed Idrees died as a result of his injuries from the crash that happened on the evening of 5 June 2005.

Smith, from Billesley, had been arrested and charged and released on conditional bail, but fled before the conclusion of his trial, police said.

False alibi

In 2006 he was convicted in his absence at Birmingham Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice.

Smith was one of three people due to be sentenced on 7 November 2006 before he fled the country.

He has been hiding in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus with his partner Julie Anne Skelding.

Police confirmed she has also handed herself in after admitting to giving Smith a false alibi.

Skelding was due to be sentenced after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

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