Eight calls received about whereabouts of on-the-run Sheffield barrister

Police are appealing for information on Desmond Rosario
Police are appealing for information on Desmond Rosario

Detectives searching for an on-the-run barrister from Sheffield received eight calls from members of the public after the disappearance was featured on Crimewatch.

Desmond Rosario, aged 46, regularly worked at Sheffield Crown Court before he vanished after he was charged with a sex attack on a teenage girl in Sheffield.

He was accused of assaulting a girl in October 2013 and was due to appear at Leicester Magistrates’ Court in June but failed to turn up.

Detectives looking for him featured the disappearance on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme to appeal for people with information on his whereabouts to come forward.

Eight phone calls were received on the night.

DC Judith Proffitt, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We have received eight calls as a result of the appeal on Crimewatch, which has given us a number of lines of enquiry to follow up.

“We are grateful to Crimewatch for their assistance in this investigation and appreciate the feedback we’ve had so far from the public.”

Police believe Rosario could be using the alias names David D’Cruz and Desmond David Luc D’Cruz.

It is also thought that he may be travelling abroad, through Europe and Canada, seeking work in the legal field.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting crime reference number K/104128/2013.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted, anonymously, on 0800 555111.