Judge refuses to extradite man to UK on sex assault charges
The High Court has rejected a request to extradite a father of five to the UK to face charges that he sexually assaulted a girl more than 20 years ago, when he was 13 years old.
The 34-year-old was wanted by Liverpool Magistrates Court to face two charges he sexually assaulted a girl between January and June of 1994. The girl was six at the time.
Mr Justice Tony Hunt rejected the request to surrender the man for extradition. While the issue of complainant delay was not relevant, he said, there was a "significant delay" between the complaint and the prosecution.
The judge did not accept UK authorities' explanations for what he termed their "administrative delay".
The man's family applauded when the judge refused the surrender. But Mr Justice Hunt said that the applause was "not welcome and might be premature".