A drug dealer who spent four years on the run said he had been living at home all along.
A manhunt was launched for Jason Day when he failed to turn up to be sentenced in 2015. He had been bailed by a judge despite admitting possessing heroin with intent to supply.
Day, who was 19 when he disappeared, was finally traced last month – just four miles from his home.
Asked where he had been he said: “At home.’’
He added he had been working as a window cleaner and car washer.
Day, now 24, was jailed for three years and three months at Liverpool Crown Court for the original crime and breaching his bail, which he admitted.
Paul Blasbery, prosecuting, said when police raided Day’s home in Everton in 2014 they found heroin worth £2,000, £600 in cash and scales with traces of heroin. He had two previous convictions for dealing cannabis.
Paul Becker, defending, said he had asked Day “the most obvious question: ‘Where have you been for the last four and a half years?’ He said at his home in this locality”.
Insp Jane Moreau, from Merseyside Police said: “Numerous attempts were made to locate him following his failure to appear in court.’’