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Sex offender found guilty while on the run back in court over breach of bail
Runaway rapist George Doulat was today being sentenced for jumping court bail and fleeing the country after he was captured in the French port of Calais.
Doulat, 56, was imprisoned for ten years in his absence on August 2 after failing to attend his trial at Bradford Crown Court.
An international manhunt was mounted for Doulat, a Bradford man who had been living in Filey.
He was arrested three days later and has now been brought back to Bradford after appearing in court in France.
Doulat told his solicitor he could not face his trial, after pretending he was about to set off for Bradford from the East Coast.
He was found guilty of rape, attempted rape and sexual assault on a woman in her 20s at a house in Bradford in April last year.
He has convictions for armed robbery, house breaking and aiding and abetting a robbery.
Judge Robert Bartfield, who ruled that Doulat should be tried in his absence, issued a warrant for his arrest but he remained at large throughout the trial. Today, the judge was due to sentence Doulat for breach of bail.
Doulat was brought to the Crown Court yesterday afternoon from Trafalgar House police station, the headquarters of Bradford South police.
Security staff applied to Judge John Potter to bring him into the dock in handcuffs because he had been a fugitive from justice.
Judge Potter granted the application and Doulat was brought into court chained to a female dock officer.
Wearing a white shirt and a black casual jacket, he admitted failing to surrender to his court bail.
He was remanded back into custody.
After the jury found Doulat guilty, the trial judge Judge Bartfield labelled him “an intimidating man” who had abused “a timid and passive girl”.
She was a virgin when Doulat subjected her to a sustained sexual attack while his wife and children were asleep.
His victim said she was shocked and numb when Doulat began sexually molesting her.
She said she hardly knew him and had not felt comfortable with him.
Judge Bartfield made a Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning Doulat from having any contact with his victim and her family.