An Australian paedophile who fled the country 22 years ago is lying in a coma in a Brazilian hospital after being hit by a car during a night out at Copacabana Beach.
Christopher John Gott, who worked as a teacher in Darwin and Melbourne before fleeing the country in 1996, was mowed down by a black Hyundai on January 18 after the driver suffered a seizure and lost control, according to The Australian.
The 63-year-old, who was one of 17 people injured in the collision, suffered severe head injuries and was rushed to Miguel Couto Hospital.
Christopher John Gott, who fled Australia in 1996 after being paroled for child sex offences, is lying in a coma in a Brazilian hospital after being hit by a car (pictured) during a night out
Gott’s 22-year run from police came to an end on on January 18 after the driver of a black Hyundai mowed down the 63-year-old and 16 others at Copacabana Beach (pictured)
A passport found on Gott identified him as Daniel Marcos Philips, a 68-year-old Australian, but authorities later deemed it was a fake.
They did discover, however, Gott had used the alias to teach at an international school in Rio for almost 20 years, according to the publication.
His identity eluded authorities for days following the accident until they took a copy of his fingerprint and sent it to Australian officials.
The test matched Gott, putting an end to his more than two decade long run from the police.
Gott worked as a high-school teacher in Melbourne in the 1980s before moving to Darwin in the early 90s, according to The Australian.
Gott is not expected to survive his injuries and would likely live in a vegetative state if he was to ever wake up from the coma (pictured is the crash scene)
He was jailed for six years in Darwin in 1994 for 17 child sex offences, but was released on parole after two years.
The 63-year-old disappeared after taking a bus to Adelaide.
He initially told police he was going to live with his parents in Melbourne, but they told officers they had disowned the convicted paedophile.
Gott is not expected to survive his injuries and would likely live in a vegetative state if he was to ever wake up from the coma, according to The Australian.
Brazilian police are investigating Gott’s role at the international school in Rio.
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