Feb 3 2012 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A PAEDOPHILE who served five months in jail after he fled to Ireland has been freed.
Troon man Yorif Evans, 53, was convicted of indecently assaulting a teenage girl as she slept.
Following his conviction by a jury at Guildford Crown Court in Surrey, Evans was released on bail pending reports.
But he swiftly fled to Ireland.
Evans was arrested on his return days later and spent five months behind bars at Barlinnie prison.
This week, a judge at Guildford Crown Court gave Evans a suspended sentence since he had already served the equivalent of a 10 month sentence.
The court previously heard that Evans, formerly of Campbell Drive in Troon, crept into the room, in West Molesey, Surrey where the 14-year-old schoolgirl was sleeping and put his hand under her tracksuit bottoms touching her private parts through her underwear.
Evans, who ran a business selling solar panels denied the offence at his trial in August last year.
But Evans, who was ordered to sign the sex offenders register, gave his address to police as the Troon property knowing that he had already been given notice to quit, said Christine Henny, prosecuting.
She added: “Then he took a ferry to Ireland and was arrested several days later on his return.”
As a result, he was sentenced by local magistrates to serve 292 days in jail equal to a 10 month sentence – in breach of notification requirements.
Mark Butler, defending, said his client had gone to Ireland to see somebody to get away from the pressures of the case.
Mr Butler explained: “The local press effectively outed him. They published a picture of him and printed his address.”
He said that Evans was worried for his own safety in the small Scottish neighbourhood as a result of the publicity.
Mr Butler said that his client’s business partner had also withdrawn from being in partnership with the defendant.
He added: “My client lost his home, his business and his character”
Reviewing the case, Judge MichaelAddison said: “Young girls have to be protected from this sort of conduct.”
Evans was given a three months jail sentence suspended for 18 months.
He was also ordered to observe a five day curfew from 8pm to 10am.