A rapist who fled to Pakistan to escape justice has been jailed - after being caught trying to return to the UK.

Amar Mehraj, 29, was one of four men who took part in a "brutal" gang rape of a then 17-year-old girl in July 2009 in Oldbury, West Midlands.

Mehraj, of Giles Road, Oldbury, then left the country but officers from West Midlands Police met him at Birmingham Airport as he returned to the UK from Pakistan last November.

He admitted taking part in the attack at an earlier hearing and on Friday was sentenced to nine years and nine months in prison at Birmingham Crown Court, West Midlands Police said.

Three other men were jailed in 2010 in connection with the attack - in which the teenager was raped as she was unconscious.

Detective Constable Mark Timmins said: "This was a sickening crime against a vulnerable young girl, who was plied with alcohol and drugs before being sexually abused.

"Protecting young people from harm is a priority for West Midlands Police and partner agencies and we take reports of sexual offences extremely seriously. This case just goes to show that we will never give up on bringing offenders to justice.

"Thankfully, today, justice has finally caught up with Mehraj."