Decision reserved on McGrath extradition bid

Court House-Sept-2013-07A judge has reserved her decision on a further extradition hearing for former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath who faces 252 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.

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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