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Douglas man with fake name fled justice in USA

Remanded in custody after alleged drug offences

A court's heard a Douglas man fled justice in America and spent years on the Island living under a false name.

James Alec Douglas, of Central Promenade, appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas Courthouse.

He's charged with possessing cannabis, criminal cash and obstructing police on 4 October and committing an act against public justice, in 2017, but no pleas have yet been entered.

Prosecution advocate Hazel Carroon told the court police went to his flat after being tipped off about drug-dealing – inside they found 2.2 grammes of cannabis and more than £7,000 in cash.

She said inquiries revealed Mr Douglas had left the US under a false identity, as he faced charges there, and he'd lived under a different fake name on the Island for around five years.

During that time she said he’d never tried to open a bank account, claim benefits or use the health service because of the questions that might be asked.

Mrs Carroon told the court he faced a charge of committing an act against justice because in 2017 he’d given police his false name when he accepted a caution.

Mrs Hughes refused bail and remanded him in custody to next appear on 12 October.

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