Polish-born pianist flees UK rape trialmain
The trial has begun in Manchester of Jacek Serafin, a pianist and teacher who is charged with raping a female student at the Royal Northern College of Music in September 2014.
Serafin, 30, failed to show up at Manchester Crown Court for trial. The jury was told he had apparently fled to France on the Eurostar.
This is the second time Serafin has faced trial. On the first occasion, he was found guilty of one charge of assault by penetration and cleared of five charges of rape and three charges of assault by penetration. The jury failed to return a verdict on two counts of rape. The trial continues.