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Mallorca paedo who raped his daughter starred on British 'X-Factor' whilst on the run
16 March 2017 @ 10:30

A CONVICTED paedophile who fled his native Mallorca to hide out in Liverpool was a contestant on the British musical reality show, The X-Factor, while he was wanted by Spanish police.

Manuel Pons Sánchez, who is now 46, was sentenced in absentia to 23 years in jail for the horrific repeat attacks on his own daughter, Natalia.

He is said to have tied her to her bed, bitten her and raped her regularly from 1999, when she was six, until 2004, when she was 10.

It was not until 2007 when the girl's mother found out and reported her husband, who by that time had left the country and whose whereabouts was unknown.

Whilst an international arrest warrant was hanging over him, he lived a 'normal life' in Liverpool for 10 years, working as a hospital porter in Prescot, near Manchester.

And two years after he went on the run, Pons Sánchez performed the U2 number With or without you in front of Cheryl Crowe, Simon Cowell and millions of prime-time British TV viewers on The X-Factor.

Cowell asked him, before he performed, what had brought him to the UK and Pons Sánchez answered that he was a waiter, joking about how he was 'nothing like Manuel from Fawlty Towers'.

“In the future, I'd like to be more famous than Manuel from Fawlty Towers,” he said during the pre-performance backstage introductions of each artist.


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