Been talking to a mate tonight, and here's the scenario so far. 3 years ago he meets a woman who he gets on well with, she's married but already split from the husband and living on a mates sofa. He decides he really likes her, and she is a great lass, so they get a place together and she gets a divorce. They then married a few months after the decree absolute came through, and I was at the wedding, great day etc etc. Well, since day one of getting with my mate, he's had constant shit from the ex husband, emails, through Faceache etc, and she is petrified of her ex, as he's meant to be a nasty bastard. Treated her like shite, didn't work, but excelled at being a ****** and dealing class A narcotics. Anyway, after 2 years of harassment from the ex, my mate fires an email back to him, basically saying do one, or I will hunt you down and **** you up. You can guess what happens next, plod knocks the door and invites my mate to the station for a taped interview over allegations of threats to kill. The results of the interview get passed up to the inspector who apparently decides if its worthy of a court case. Well, turns out it was, but is now down to malicious communication and not the original threats to kill. He goes to court and is asked to plead guilty or not guilty. He goes not guilty on the basic principal that he's no more guilty than the prick accusing him. So now a new court case has been set for March, and the ex husband has to attend. My mate deleted all the communications from the ex husband, so has no hard evidence as backup, bit silly but like he said, he'd read it, have a giggle and hit delete. The next twist though, and here's the crucial one! My mate and wife are due to move permanently to Malta in March, about 2 weeks before the hearing. What will happen if he just does one to Malta? I'm guessing a failure to appear and an arrest warrant out for him, but will they chase him all the way to Malta for it? Will the hearing go on without him? What happens if its heard in his absence and he's found guilty? Not sure where things stand on this, so any help would be appreciated.