Wanted fraudster fled Britain by booking a flying lesson and convincing the instructor to drop him off in France

Colwell and his father, Brian were convicted over a £1m VAT scam, reports Telegraph.

However, while out of prison on bail, Jamie Colwell, came up with an elaborate plan to flee the country. He first hired a third party to drive his 74-year-old father to France via Dover in his new Porsche Cayenne.

The driver then returned bringing back with him Brian Colwell’s passport for his son to use as his had been confiscated as part of his bail conditions.

He then booked a flying lesson in south-east Kent in his father’s name. When the light aircraft entered French airspace he convinced the instructor to land at an airfield in the Pas-de-Calais region and let him out, the court heard.

He met up with his father and the pair fled to Malaga in Spain. A court heard the two men hired the same person to drive a rental van with their furniture to the Costa del Sol.

Court officials launched an investigation after the defendants failed to re-appear at Bournemouth Crown Court in January for sentencing.

They were able to track the rental van’s journey to an address in southern Spain, where the father and son were arrested in May.

They were extradited back to the UK where Jamie Colwell was jailed for five years and three months and his father imprisoned for two years and eight months for fraud.

Judge Jonathan Fuller added: “You were at large for five months. You deliberately flouted bail conditions in the way that’s been described.”