Arrest warrant issued for Eastbourne man charged with rape

Adem Gokgoz ... sought by police
Adem Gokgoz ... sought by police

Police are trying to trace an Eastbourne man who failed to attend Lewes Crown Court to face trial on a charge of rape and another of sexual assault.

Adem Gokgoz, 27, a hairdresser, of Sutton Road, Eastbourne, was released on conditional bail by Hastings Magistrates on May 4 after being told he was being sent for trial by a judge and jury.

But when he failed to appear at Crown Court on May 26 a warrant was issued for his arrest and he is now being actively sought by Sussex Police.

There is a possibility Gokgoz has returned to his native Turkey, but he still has business connections locally and officers want to hear from anyone who may have seen him, heard from him or know of his whereabouts.

Anyone with information is asked to email or phone 101, quoting serial 597 of 05/04.

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