Who is Mark Gordon? Age, crimes and family background revealed

1 March 2023, 11:57 | Updated: 2 March 2023, 09:53

Mark Gordon CCTV footage with girlfriend Constance Marten
Mark Gordon was deported back to the UK after 20 years in prison. Picture: Alamy

By Zoe Adams

Mark Gordon and girlfriend Constance Marten caused a nationwide search went they went on the run but what has he done? And where was he found and arrested?

Police found and arrested Mark Gordon, a convicted rapist, and girlfriend Constance Marten on February 27 after they had been on the run since January, 5.

The couple and their newborn baby went missing earlier this year after their car broke down and caught fire on the M61 motorway.

After arresting Constance and Mark, police continued their search for their missing baby who's body was found on Wednesday afternoon.

The Met Police said: "This is an outcome that myself and many officers who had been part of this search had hoped would not happen."

Read more: Who is Constance Marten? Aristocrat background, children and age

Read more: 'I love her dearly': Father of Constance Marten 'immensely relieved' she's been found but fears grow for missing baby

As the case continues to unfold, and a post mortem is carried out on the infant's remains, here's everything you need to know about Mark Gordon including his age, family background and his previous convictions.

Mark Gordon and Constance Marten cctv footage
Mark Gordon and Constance Marten were believed to be sleeping rough. Picture: Alamy

Who is Mark Gordon and what is his family background?

Mark Gordon, aged 48, has quite a different background and family history to his partner.

At 13 years older than Constance, Mark was born in Birmingham and was only young when he moved to Florida with his mother and half-siblings.

What did Mark Gordon do? What are his crimes and convictions?

Aged just 15 in 1990, Mark was arrested and found guilty of kidnap and sexual battery.

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison and was deported back to the UK in 2010.

Constance Marten police picture
Constance Marten met boyfriend Mark Gordon in 2016. Picture: Alamy

Police release footage of last sighting of Constance Marten

Where was Mark Gordon and Constance Marten found and arrested?

On February 27, 54 days after they went on the run, the pair were found and arrested in Brighton after a tip-off from a member of the public.

They were found on a residential street before 9:30pm, however, sadly, the baby was not with them.

Constance and Mark refused to cooperate with the police over the whereabouts of their child who's body was sadly found near to where they were arrested.

"This afternoon, police officers searching a wooded area close to where Constance and Mark Gordon were arrested discovered the remains of a baby," said Detective Superintendent Lewis Basford of the Metropolitan Police.

"A post mortem examination will be held in due course. A crime scene is in place and work at the location is expected to continue for some time.

"I recognise the impact this news will have on the many people who have been following this story closely, and can assure them we will do everything we possibly can to establish what happened."

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