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Fugitive jailed 10-years later

A man who fled the Island ten years ago after being charged with dealing cocaine yesterday admitted the offence in Supreme Court.

Roger Wainwright, 54, originally of Southampton, pleaded guilty to a single count of possessing cocaine with intent to supply in connection to an incident on March 8, 2003.

However he denied charges of possessing drug equipment and money laundering. Prosecutor Cindy Clarke said Wainwright's guilty plea to the single count was acceptable, requesting that the other charges lie on file.

Wainwright was originally scheduled to appear before the courts in connection to the charges in 2003, but failed to attend.

This May, more than a decade after his initial arrest, Wainwright was arrested again at LF Wade International Airport after arriving on a flight from the US.

In a subsequent appearance at Magistrates' Court, he apologised for fleeing the Island, telling the court: “I got scared and ran.”

He also told the court that he spent time incarcerated in the US in connection to a separate matter.

Following his guilty plea, Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves remanded Wainwright into custody until he can be sentenced later this month.

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Published September 17, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 17, 2013 at 1:33 am)

Fugitive jailed 10-years later

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