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Absconded rapist Joseph Tsang extradited to UK

Joseph Tsang Image copyright Thames Valley Police
Image caption Joseph Tsang was arrested in Hong Kong where he has family ties

A rapist who fled to Hong Kong before his trial has been extradited to the UK to start his 15-year prison sentence.

Joseph Tsang, 31, of Sandy Lane, Oxford, was convicted in August at the city's crown court of two counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault.

Passing sentence in his absence, Judge Patrick Eccles described him as "a predatory man with an unhealthy sexual fascination with adolescent girls".

He was arrested in Hong Kong in September 2015.

IT worker Tsang, a Chinese national, raped one of his teenage victims in Hampshire.

Abuse 'nightmare'

He was also convicted of other sexual offences earlier in 2015, including three counts of sexual activity with a child under 16. These offences happened in Oxford.

Det Con Claire Nangle, of Thames Valley Police, said Tsang could now "be held account for the crimes he committed and start his long prison sentence".

She added: "I would like to commend the victims in this investigation for the bravery and courage they have shown, as well as the hard work of all staff and officers within the police and Crown Prosecution Service who secured Tsang's convictions."

In victim impact statements read out in court, the girls Tsang abused - who were aged 14 and 15 at the time - described how the "nightmare" of what he did to them changed their lives.

Both said they had since suffered from depression and anxiety and have struggled at school following their ordeals.

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