A man arrested in a Scottish hospital last year is US fugitive Nicholas Rossi. The man had claimed to have been the victim of mistaken identity, and insisted his name was Arthur Knight.

But Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that his tattoos and fingerprints matched those of Rossi. Authorities in the US are seeking Rossi's extradition over allegations of rape and sexual assault.

It is alleged that he faked his own death and fled to Scotland to escape prosecution. He had spent the past year as Arthur Knight, an orphan from Ireland who had never been to the US.

He claimed that he had been given distinctive tattoos matching those on the arms of Rossi while he was lying unconscious in a Glasgow hospital in an attempt to frame him.

He will now face an extradition hearing in March, when the Scottish courts will decide whether to send him back to the US to stand trial on the allegations against him.

Rossi was arrested by Police Scotland last year after staff at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital recognised his tattoos

Images of which had been circulated by Interpol - while he was being treated for Covid. Rossi's accent also changed several times while he was giving evidence.

Rossi, who appeared in court in a wheelchair, was already fighting an extradition request by authorities in Utah who allege he raped a 21-year-old woman in the state in 2008.