Aussie fugitive paedophile dies in Brazil
AN Australian paedophile is dead after spending months in a coma following a car accident in Brazil.
Christopher John Gott, 63, was earlier this year revealed to be in a coma in a Rio de Janeiro hospital, more than 20 years after leaving the country while on parole for child sex offences.
The Press Secretary of Rio de Janeiro's Municipal Office of Health authorities confirmed his death from multiple organ failure on Thursday, SBS reported.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told AAP it was providing assistance to the family of a man who died in Brazil but could not release more information due to privacy obligations.
Gott, a former school teacher, left the Northern Territory in 1996 after pleading guilty to 17 abuse charges involving five boys and serving two years' jail.
His parole conditions allowed him to leave the Territory but banned him from having contact with boys under the age of 16.
Gott had been travelling to Victoria by bus but skipped the country during a stop in Adelaide.
His passport named him as Daniel Marcos Philips but the ruse came unstuck when he and 17 other people were hit by a car on a Copacabana footpath in January. He was identified by Australia authorities using fingerprints. Before the accident, Gott raised three foster children. One of them, Daniel, was shocked to learn of his secret past.
"He was a fundamental person in my development, he helped me a lot, until I turned 21. I learned perfect English with him, Daniel (Gott), who was always a nice person," the man earlier told Rede Globo TV program, Fantastico.
Daniel said Gott helped raise him and two other young men, but added none of them were abused by the fugitive.
The program was produced with Sydney journalist Andre Rosa, and revealed Gott was considered a friendly man who taught English, and regularly went to the beach and drank caipirinhas - Brazil's national cocktail.
Northern Territory Police had been looking at possibly extraditing Gott for breaching parole if his condition improved.
Victoria Police had also sought Gott for questioning over an indecent assault at a Fitzroy primary school, in inner-Melbourne, in 1983.