Sex Offender Jailed after Skipping Trial

A Dudley man who was wanted by police for sexual assaults on children has been jailed after being found sleeping rough in Cardiff.

Matthew Perry was charged with 11 counts of child sexual offences, including rape, after an investigation was launched when two young girls revealed his abuse in 2014.

The unemployed 38-year-old failed to appear at his trial in September 2016, and so police launched a nationwide manhunt.

A trial later went ahead in his absence at Wolverhampton Crown Court, which resulted in him being found guilty.

A tip-off given to police earlier this week led officers to a Cardiff park, and on Wednesday, Perry was finally jailed.

His 20-year jail term will be followed by an extended licence period of five years, and Perry will remain on the Sex Offender Register for life.

Detective sergeant Kay Redfern, from the Public Protection Unit at West Midlands Police, said: “We are delighted that, with the assistance of the public and our colleagues in South Wales Police, we have removed a dangerous sex offender from our streets.

“We wish to thank everyone who contacted us with information that led to the capture of this man.

“I hope this brings comfort to his victims who showed tremendous courage in coming forward and reporting their horrific experiences.”

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