'Most wanted' fugitive responds with music video
An exiled ex-Kingston university professor has released a bizarre music video in response to being named on Kingston police’s most wanted list.
Dr Howard Fredrics, 49, is believed to have fled the country to either New Jersey or Texas in July 2010 after being convicted in his absence of threatening and abusive behaviour.
The charge related to a chance meeting at a bus stop in Wood Street with former Vice-Chancellor Sir Peter Scott in July 2009 where he harangued him before being arrested.
A district judge put out a warrant for Dr Fredrics’ arrest but he claimed he and his wife Lori had received anti-semitic death threats forcing them to flee.
Days after we published the Most Wanted global list, Fredrics posted a link on his “satirical whistle-blowing” website to the Surrey Comet story and said: “Do not attempt to apprehend this dangerous criminal – he may be armed with a toy gun.”
Responding to his inclusion on the list, the former Hampton Wick resident tweeted a link to a music video.
In the video, titled Circle of Corruption, his wife Lori, acting under her stage name Artressa Phunding, belly-dances outside a mansion and writhes on a tree.
The footage is intercut with images of newspaper articles, including ones about MPs’ expenses and the Kingston University student survey scandal from May 2008, when a lecturer told students to inflate how they rated the course.
Dr Fredrics was initially found guilty of harassment, in connection with his website named after former Kingston University Vice-Chancellor Sir Peter Scott, but the conviction was overturned.
The composer set it up after he was sacked by Kingston University.
He told the Surrey Comet in October last year he did not have the money to come back for a judicial review.
Kingston police previously said he would be arrested at the airport if he tried to enter the country.