Brother Bernard arrives in Sydney, extradited from NZ


Brother Bernard arrives in Sydney, extradited from NZ

A former Hunter region Catholic Brother accused of a series of historical child sex offences has arrived in Sydney after being extradited from New Zealand.

Police began investigating Bernard Kevin McGrath in 2010 and have been caught up in a long running legal battle to get him back to Australia.

In August, the 66-year-old former Catholic Brother was ordered to surrender to Australia by New Zealand’s Justice Minister.

He appealed to the High Court which last week ruled the extradition would not be unjust.

McGrath flew into Sydney yesterday and was charged with 252 child sex offences relating to 35 alleged abuse victims in the Lake Macquarie region near Newcastle in the 1970s and 80s.

He was refused bail and taken into custody.

He is due to face Parramatta Local court this morning.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-24/brother-bernard-arrives-in-sydney/5986746

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