Sex abuse extradition decision reserved

DAVID CLARKSON
Last updated 11:41 17/12/2013
Bernard McGrath
FIGHTING EXTRADITION: Former Catholic brother and convicted sex offender Bernard McGrath.

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A judge has reserved her decision on a further extradition hearing for former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath who faces hundreds of child sex abuse charges in Australia.

Judge Jane Farish heard legal argument in the Christchurch District Court today and then adjourned the hearing to January 17 to give her decision.

McGrath faces 252 charges, alleging he raped, molested and abused dozens of young boys at church-run institutions over several years.

The charges relate to 35 complainants between 1977 and 1986.

Pip Hall QC appeared for 66-year-old McGrath and Mark Zarifeh appeared for the Crown.

Details of the case and all of the submissions heard today were suppressed.

Judge Farish gave a decision in April granting extradition but the case was referred back to the judge for a further hearing after an appeal to the High Court at Christchurch.

The High Court ruled that she needed to further consider whether the case should be referred to the Minister of Justice for a decision about McGrath's extradition.

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