A MAN who faked his own death by leaving his clothing, car keys and a suicide note on a beach was today convicted of child sex offences.
Leslie Andrews, 54, engineered the Reginald Perrin-style disappearance to evade a police investigation into his paedophile activities.
The former cafe owner wanted people to believe he had drowned in the sea at St Annes after he vanished in May 2002.
Andrews kept a low profile for eight years as he changed his name to Christopher Trent and refused to visit a doctor or dentist, or use his National Insurance number.
It is understood he moved around on a regular basis taking cash-in-hand jobs and lived at regular addresses - including caravan parks - throughout Yorkshire, Humberside and Greater Manchester.
However, he was finally traced last May in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, when he was arrested on suspicion of theft and his true identity was flagged up by his previous history of petty offending.
A jury at Preston Crown Court found him guilty of 14 counts of indecent assault committed on a young girl between May 1997 and May 2002. He was cleared of one further similar charge.
Andrews had denied all the offences at his trial this month.
Sentencing was adjourned until June 28 and Andrews, of St Heliers Road, South Shore, who has been in custody for 12 months, was further remanded.
Full story, see Wednesday’s Gazette