20 May 2015

Negotiations in Bernard McGrath case

3:12 pm on 20 May 2015

A former Hunter Valley Catholic brother extradited from New Zealand to face child sexual abuse charges has had his case adjourned to allow for ongoing negotiations.

Bernard Kevin McGrath, 67, is facing 252 child sex offences relating to 35 victims and dating back to the 1970s.

McGrath's case was mentioned briefly in Newcastle Local Court today.

There is an enormous police brief of about 8000 pages and the court was told negotiations were continuing relating to the charges.

The court was told there was outstanding material, including a statement from the police officer in charge and so-called tendency evidence.

The matter has been adjourned to June 17.