Paedophile extradited from China is jailed
A paedophile from Merseyside who became the first person extradited from China to the UK after he skipped bail on a false passport has been jailed.
David Price, 69, of Southport, fled in 2003 after being caught with hundreds of images of himself and others sexually abusing children.
He admitted 21 specimen counts of possessing, making and distributing indecent images of children.
He was jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Liverpool Crown Court.
Price fled to Kenya and Tanzania before arriving in central China, where Merseyside Police tracked him down in Hubai province. He was teaching English to primary school children.
Detectives spent the following six years monitoring him as the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Home Office officials worked to secure Chinese co-operation with his arrest.
The UK and China do not have an extradition treaty but the transfer was eventually secured through a diplomatic agreement.
Price was arrested in May last year and brought back to the UK under police escort in November.
Due to the extradition arrangement, the CPS was not able to charge Price with specific sexual assault offences.
Judge Mark Brown, sentencing, told Price he would have received a “considerably longer sentence” if this were not the case.