A FUGITIVE father facing seven years in a Filipino prison for adultery has managed to flee to Thailand with his girlfriend and baby daughter.

But his mother has warned that he is still not safe and has pleaded with the British government to help her boy.

David Scott, 36, of Walcot, was forced to leave the Philippines after fathering a child with his Filipino girlfriend, Cynthia Delfino, who was still not officially separated from her estranged husband.

Under Filipino law this made him guilty of adultery, which carries a seven-year sentence, and also meant that three-month old Janina was not legally seen as David's daughter.

Now, after three months spent in rat-infested jail cells and living rough in derelict houses and the jungle, the couple have managed to bribe their way into Thailand.

David's mother, Ann, 60, said: "You can really see the change in them both since they got to Thailand.

"Before they looked scared and miserable but now you can see the relief in their faces.

"But the problem is that now they are stuck there with no money and nowhere to go.

"They have to pay £500 for a passport for the baby and £500 for a DNA test to prove that Cynthia really is the mother, which is ridiculous.

"I've lost count of how many times I've contacted the British Embassy but they never seem to know what's going on.

"I spoke to David the other day and he said he just wanted to come home.

"I can't for the life of me understand why the British government won't let them come home.

"It's not as if Cynthia wants anything from this country - if anything she could bring a lot.

"She's been to university, she's got qualifications coming out of her ears and she speaks three languages.

"I think I've been through enough in the last year - my husband died, I've had a heart attack and my son has been arrested.

"If it wasn't for my daughter, Jane, and councillor Mavis Childs, who has been an absolute rock, I don't know how I would have got through.

"I just want him back here and I desperately want to meet my little granddaughter."

David, speaking from Bangkok, said: "Now I can fight without my hands tied to bring my daughter back home.

"I was not going to let the husband or the authorities take away my daughter - over my dead body.

"I am free and penniless and have been supported by my mum and some very good friends."

Ann said she would love to hear from anyone who would like to help with fundraising for the couple, or who could offer advice.

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CYNTHIA Delfino described boyfriend David as her hero after the couple and their young daughter touched down in Bangkok.

"He's my Superman," said 29-year-old Cynthia.

"It's so good to be free at last, and that's down to him, but our future is still uncertain. I have to throw myself on the mercy of the British government to be with our baby."

David met Cynthia, a psychology graduate, on a website while she was working as a supervisor at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.

He knew she was married and separated but their relationship developed and in April last year she became pregnant during a holiday together in the Philippines. She started annulment proceedings against her husband, Noriel Delfino, who initially agreed.

"It's good to be out and safe with our baby. But this means I cannot go back to the Philippines. They will not give me bail again and I will be jailed for adultery.

"The only crime I am guilty of is sleeping with the man I love."

My husband and I had been separated for a long time. It was he that sent me to work as a supervisor at a hotel in Abu Dhabi and told me to send money home. All he did was sit at home and wait for the money."

"We did not get out a day too soon," said Cynthia.

"On the day we left we heard at the airport that police had issued another warrant for our arrest because my husband had taken a second case of adultery against us both in another court.