Man admits 23 sex crimes in Maidstone after fleeing UK

A man who fled the UK after he was charged by police with sex crimes against three young girls has pleaded guilty to all 23 counts.

Ian Duncan McLeod-McClean, 48, of Canterbury Road, Ashford, had been due to stand trial in May 2008.

Kent Police said he instead fled to Sierra Leone, where he slept rough for two years as an illegal immigrant.

He admitted the charges at Maidstone Crown Court, where he was remanded ahead of sentencing on 28 October.

The abuse of his three victims took place in Maidstone and spanned more than a decade.

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