17 Dec 2012

Extradition order to be fought

10:50 am on 17 December 2012

A former Catholic brother and convicted sex offender is to fight an extradition order to Australia where he is facing 252 charges of sexually abusing boys.

Bernard McGrath has already served time in prison in New Zealand for abusing boys in Christchurch.

The former St John of God brother appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Monday morning, where he was remanded on bail and ordered to appear again on 28 January.

Commenting on his decision to allow television cameras to film McGrath in court, Judge Saunders said he did so to prevent a repeat of the situation last time the Catholic brother appeared, when he was followed by cameramen and filmed on the street.

Judge Saunders labelled those actions irresponsible.