A convicted sex attacker on the run from justice continues to protest his innocence online in a series of bizarre blog posts.

Police are still hunting Agustin Fernandez, who was convicted of a string of rape and sexual assault offences in his absence last year and sentenced to 23 years in jail.

It is thought the former Newcastle University lecturer and successful has fled the country, but Fernandez is not keeping quiet while evading justice.

The former composition professor regularly shares his thoughts in an online blog entitled Diary of an Exile.

He wrote: "2020 was not only the worst year of my life. It was a year that visited on me things that are absurdly incompatible with my life – the way I lived it, the way I respected it, the way I worked it and loved it. It crowned three years of travesty, injustice and human devastation."

But Fernandez, who was 62 when he was sentenced last March, said the end of the year had given him some hope. And he even quotes lyrics from Geordie singer and actor Jimmy Nail's song, Big River, to explain how he is feeling, as he describes Newcastle as his "adopted" home.

He said: "As I saw off the last few hours of that blighted year, I felt, of course, relief that it was over and that I was still standing. And I felt about my life what Jimmy Nail felt about his hometown, which happens to be also my town of adoption."

Fernández was found guilty of 13 offences at Newcastle Crown Court, including five for rape and six of sexual assault. He also incited a young girl to have sex with him.

A judge passed sentence in his absence, jailing him for 23 years and ordering him to sign the sex offenders' register for life.

However, so far Northumbria Police has been unable to find Fernández.

The Bolivian-born composer's work was performed all over the world and he has collaborated with the Royal Opera House’s Garden Venture and the London International Opera Festival.

But his reputation and career were destroyed by his crimes, which he continues to maintain he is innocent of.

"I am aware that my absence from the trial did great damage to my case, almost certainly determining the adverse outcome. It is easy to regret that in hindsight, and easier still for outsiders to condemn it, but, looking back on my circumstances I know that I had no choice.

"I do not accept that it is wrong for a man to do anything he can to save his life when in danger, especially if failure to save it would exacerbate the harm to others."

Fernandez also tells of his regret for the hurt that has been caused to his loved ones.

"More than anything else, I regret the harm this whole case has done and continues to do to the people I love," he wrote. "From a distance, I think I understand their actions and my love for them remains undiminished.

"I also regret the confusion and disappointment caused to the many excellent people who placed their faith in me at work and in friendship."

The fugitive also reflects on the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit, the US presidential elections and the death of footballer Diego Maradona in his latest blog post.

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: "Efforts are still ongoing to locate Fernandez."