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George Doulat: fugitive rapist's jail term increased
A fugitive rapist arrested in a bar in Calais had his ten-year jail sentence increased by three months at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.
George Doulat stood in the dock in handcuffs as Judge Robert Bartfield told him: “It was a particularly blatant and determined breach of bail.”
An international manhunt was mounted for Doulat, 56, when he failed to turn up for his trial at the Crown Court on July 29. A jury convicted him in his absence of raping a vulnerable young woman in her Bradford home in April last year.
The jury also found him guilty of attempted rape and sexual assault on the same victim.
Doulat bought time to flee the country by pretending he was on his way to the court from his home in Filey.
He rang his solicitor later in the day to say he could not face the trial.
Judge Bartfield issued a warrant for his arrest and ordered the trial to go ahead without Doulat.
On August 5, after a week on the run, Doulat was spotted by a police officer as he enjoyed a drink in a bar in the French port. He appeared three times in court in France and was brought back to the UK on Tuesday by West Yorkshire Police.
Kirsty Watson, for the Crown, told the court that Doulat had previously been locked up for six months for escaping from lawful custody.
He also had convictions for armed robbery, housebreaking, aiding and abetting a robbery and abducting a girl under 16.
“This was a deliberate failure to attend and it interfered with the administration of justice,” Miss Watson said.
Mitigating, Doulat’s barrister, Louise Azmi, conceded it was a serious case of jumping bail.
“He panicked. It was a spontaneous action and he had no way of supporting himself abroad,” she said.
But Judge Bartfied said Doulat’s action had delayed his victim’s ordeal in giving evidence in court.
“It must have been excruciating for her to wait the extra day,” he said.
After the case, Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Jon Morgan, said: “We would like to thank Kent Police and Interpol for their assistance in helping us to trace Doulat, as well as the French police and authorities who helped to circulate his description and photo, which led to his subsequent arrest.
“The media provided excellent assistance and the coverage led to a French police officer identifying him. Doulat is now safely behind bars.”