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'Fugitive' facing extradition to US for 'rape' has tattoos photographed to establish his identity

A suspected fugitive, pictured in court in April, who allegedly faked his own death to dodge sex charges in the United States, had his tattoos photographed in jail.  US prosecutors say the man is Nicholas Rossi, who allegedly raped a 21-year-old in Utah in 2008, but he says he is Arthur Knight

A wheelchair-bound ‘fugitive’, 35, facing extradition to the US for ‘rape’ has taken photos of his tattoos in prison to establish who he REALLY is – as he insists the fact that this is a case of mistaken identity

  • US prosecutors believe the 35-year-old is Nicholas Rossi, an alleged rapist
  • The man is accused of faking his own death to avoid being extradited to the United States
  • However, the man claims that it is a mistaken identity and that it is Arthur Knight.
  • Had tattoos photographed in prison in an effort to establish his identity

A suspected fugitive accused of faking his own death to dodge US charges of sexual assault and rape has had photos of his tattoos taken in prison in a bid to establish his identity.

US prosecutors believe the man they want to extradite to the US is Nicholas Rossi, a suspected rapist.

However, the 35-year-old claims he is actually Arthur Knight – a victim of mistaken identity who has never been to the US.

Mr Knight’s solicitor told Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court on Thursday that work was underway to prove the identity of his client held at HMP Edinburgh, known as Saughton.

“The Crown has provided various photographs of a person they believe to be Nicholas Rossi, including exposed tattoos,” he said.

“It was suggested that my client be examined and photographed.

‘This was done during an overnight visit to Saughton. I personally attended last Thursday, a week ago today, and the attorney is in possession of these photos.

US prosecutors believe it is Rossi, who allegedly raped a 21-year-old in Utah in 2008 and is also accused of assaulting other women in the US.

A suspected fugitive, pictured in court in April, who allegedly faked his own death to dodge sex charges in the United States, had his tattoos photographed in jail.  US prosecutors say the man is Nicholas Rossi, who allegedly raped a 21-year-old in Utah in 2008, but he says he is Arthur Knight

A suspected fugitive, pictured in court in April, who allegedly faked his own death to dodge sex charges in the United States, had his tattoos photographed in jail. US prosecutors say the man is Nicholas Rossi, who allegedly raped a 21-year-old in Utah in 2008, but he says he is Arthur Knight

Mr Knight's solicitor told Edinburgh Sheriff's Court on Thursday that work was underway to prove the identity of his client held at HMP Edinburgh, known as Saughton.  Pictured: Mr Knight gives a press conference in Edinburgh in April

Mr Knight’s solicitor told Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court on Thursday that work was underway to prove the identity of his client held at HMP Edinburgh, known as Saughton. Pictured: Mr Knight gives a press conference in Edinburgh in April

The 35-year-old, appearing via video link from prison in a wheelchair and wearing an oxygen mask, denies being the alleged fugitive.

When asked if he was Rossi, he simply replied, “No, I’m Arthur Knight.”

He also asked Sheriff Kenneth Campbell, who was overseeing the hearing, to consider his appeal for bail.

But the alleged fugitive was told that would be the matter of the appeal court.

Mr Kinloch requested that the proceedings continue for another week as his client’s lead lawyer was unavailable for the hearing due to other legal commitments.

The suspect held up two fingers in the air when he arrived at Edinburgh Sheriff's Court in July.  This time he again appeared via video link in a wheelchair and an oxygen mask

The suspect held up two fingers in the air when he arrived at Edinburgh Sheriff’s Court in July. This time he again appeared via video link in a wheelchair and an oxygen mask

A report on the 35-year-old by a forensic psychologist has yet to be provided, although it is hoped it will have progressed in time for a hearing next week.

Assistant Attorney Paul Harvey said a hearing could also take place over several days in November to establish the identity issue.

He said: ‘Any sheriff looking into the matter will have to consider the identity. The dates were identified as Nov. 7 and four days later should a sheriff hear evidence on the identity issue.

“I think efforts should be made to preserve those dates.”

Sheriff Campbell has agreed to set a new hearing for October 13.

On bail, he said: ‘It is not for me to review the bail order. This is the case of the Court of Appeal and you clearly have it at hand, Mr. Kinloch.

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