PAEDOPHILE: David Daniel Hayes has been sentenced to 23 years after fleeing to Spain

A BRITISH paedophile arrested in Granada after three years on the run has been jailed for 23 years.

David Daniel Hayes, 40, from Conwy vanished after he first faced child sex offence charges in court in 2015.

He had been working as a private English teacher in the Andalucian city, using a fake name, before Spanish police apprehended him in July.

A victim impact statement described Hayes as an ‘evil monster’ at Mold Crown Court on Tuesday where he was sent down for 12 different child sex offences.

CUFFED: Hayes being arrested by Spanish police in July after three years on the run

After Hayes fled on a plane from Liverpool to Amsterdam in May 2015, North Wales Police made several appeals and BBC Crimewatch put him on their list of most wanted fugitives in Europe.

Judge Rhys Rowlands told Hayes that he wouldn’t automatically get parole after serving half of his sentence, saying it is possible he could serve it all.

The judge described him as ‘a pretty inadequate individual with a distorted view of life,’ whose crimes are of the ‘most appalling depravity’.

An NSPCC Cymru spokesperson said victims should be ‘commended for their bravery at speaking out and helping to put Hayes behind bars where he cannot hurt others’.

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