France orders extradition of runaway case Briton

4th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

A British man arrested in France with a missing runaway teenage girl is wanted in Britain for alleged kidnapping.

DOUAI - A French court ordered Tuesday the extradition of a British man arrested in France in January with a missing runaway girl, his lawyer said.

"The decision was that my client be escorted to Britain, which is a logical decision because he has agreed to be extradited," said Henry-Pierre Rulence, adding that the extradition should take place within a few days.

Wearing handcuffs, 49-year-old Robert Williams had arrived at the court in the northern town of Douai escorted by police officers for the 10-minute hearing held behind closed doors.

Williams and the 15-year-old girl went to the British consulate in the nearby city of Lille in late January, a week after the teenager disappeared from her home in Cleethorpes, eastern England.

He is wanted in Britain for questioning on suspicion of kidnapping. According to British police he has also been questioned and freed on bail in a separate case involving the alleged rape of a 16-year-old girl.

British police identified Williams from video footage taken at the Dover ferry station on 19 January as the pair prepared to cross over to France.

A witness in Lille spotted the couple begging at the train station the following day and alerted police after recognising Stainforth from a photograph.

Police zeroed in on the pair's location by tracking a telephone call the girl made to her mother in England.

[AFP / Expatica]

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