14 Oct 2016

Man to be extradited to UK on child sex charges

3:01 pm on 14 October 2016

A High Court judge has decided a man facing child sex charges in the UK can be extradited from New Zealand.

Alan Ross Keenan left the UK in 2003, just two weeks before he was due to stand trial on five charges of indecent assault on a girl and two charges of gross indecency with a female.

It was alleged the offending began when the girl was aged seven in 1999, and continued for another two-and-a-half years.

While a warrant for his arrest was issued when he did not show up to the first day of his trial in 2003, he was not arrested in New Zealand until November last year.

Some of the delay was because the UK authorities twice filed incomplete extradition requests with New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

A District Court ruled in July that Mr Keenan could be extradited, but he appealed that decision to the High Court.

Justice Toogood has upheld that earlier ruling and Mr Keenan, who was on bail, must report to police by Monday.