A SEX beast who ran away and faked his death in an attempt to evade justice attempted to start a new life in America by running vacation rentals, we can reveal.
Kim Avis, 57, was sentenced to 12 years for a catalog of sickening crimes, including three rapes, with another 36 months for not appearing in court in Scotland.
The former trader and busker from Inverness fell victim to four victims for a decade, including a 12-year-old girl, but fled to the United States before being tried.
Avis disappeared to a notorious beauty spot in California and traveled across the country, before law enforcement captured him in a cheap Colorado motel and he was extradited to the UK.
But it was since Avis had planned to start a new life in America with his wife after selling his house near Inverness a few weeks before the disappearance.
A source in the United States said, “He never told us anything about what was going on. He said something about a witch hunt and people were mean.
“He said he was an American citizen. But we knew something was wrong.
“The next thing I know is that he was picked up from a hotel room in Colorado Springs and we found out who he was and about these charges.
“He said he had to go back to Scotland and take care of something and he was going to do AirBnBs in the US for money and stuff. We didn’t think he was in danger of being tried.
We have previously recounted how Avis sold his family home – dubbed the Wolf’s Den – for £ 250,000 just weeks before his disappearance.
The property had previously been advertised on the Airbnb rental site starting at £ 35 a night.
Avis also handed over her two huskies to the Munlochy Animal Aid Sanctuary near North Kessock before flying to the United States with her son Ruben, who later reported her missing.
Lord Tire issued an arrest warrant when Avis did not attend a preliminary hearing in Edinburgh High Court in March 2019.
Jailing Avis in the High Court in Edinburgh last week, Judge Lord Sandison said: “You did indeed go on the run before the US Marshals, unsure that you were dead, found you. “
Said … he was going to do AirBnBs in the US for money and stuff. We didn’t think he was facing court
The court heard that Avis was well known in his hometown of Inverness and had previously received a ‘Good Citizen Award’.
But he had another side and manipulated, managed and coerced his victims – while a background report detailed his “dominant and dominant personality.”
Avis was convicted of raping two women and a 12-year-old girl as well as assaulting another child of the same age.
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He was convicted of 13 offenses of rape, attempted rape, sexual assault and indecency from 2006 to 2016.
And he was found guilty of dodging court in 2019 after sending a runner to the United States, later claiming he feared he would not get a fair trial.
Avis has been entered in the sex offender registry for an indefinite period.
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