December 2021

Sutton paedophile who went on run as detectives closed in jailed over child sex offences

A Sutton paedophile who tried to flee to France as detectives closed in on him has been jailed over a string of child sex offences.

Mezbaha Uddin was arrested by the National Crime Agency in Dover after being found hiding in a lorry destined for Calais.

The 39-year-old was under investigation by Nottinghamshire Police in relation to a number of incidents between September 2018 and July 2020.

A jury found him guilty of 16 child sexual offences on August 3. They included 10 counts of attempting to engage in sexual communications with a child and six counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

Uddin, of Outram Street, Sutton, appeared again at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday (December 22) for sentencing and was jailed for 13 years and six months.

His trial heard he was originally arrested following an allegation of sexual communication with a child in Nottinghamshire in July 2019.

Jurors heard he interacted with a decoy account set up by an online child activist group. The group alerted police when he sent indecent images of himself and arranged to meet who he thought was a 14-year-old girl in Mansfield.

Uddin was arrested and his mobile seized.

Messages from a chatroom website found Uddin had attempted to engage in sexual communications with over a dozen underage girls, in some instances with a view to meet up.

On other occasions he encouraged girls to engage in sexual activity while he watched.