24 Dec 2014

Former Catholic brother refused bail

7:09 pm on 24 December 2014

A former Catholic brother extradited from New Zealand to Australia to face hundreds of child sexual abuse charges has been refused bail in a Sydney court.

Bernard McGrath, 66, was in Australia after a legal bid to block his extradition failed in New Zealand's highest court earlier this month.

McGrath, who was a New Zealand citizen, did not apply for bail which was formally refused, the NSW Department of Justice confirmed.

He faces a total 252 charges, including 102 counts of indecent assaults on males.

The allegations dated back to the 1970s and 1980s.

The matter would return to Parramatta Local Court on December 29.