Sunday 22 April 2018

Adam’s brother a ‘monster and paedophile', court told

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

The brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams was outed as a monster and paedophile on the run whose denials of child sex abuse went unreported, a court heard today.

Liam Adams is wanted for questioning by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) over the alleged sexual abuse of his daughter, Aine Tyrell.

The 38-year-old woman, who has waived her right to anonymity, faced her father for a second day at the High Court in Dublin, where Adams is fighting his extradition.

The abuse claims were made public in December 2009 in a television documentary which was shown to Mr Justice John Edwards in the courtroom.

Michael O'Higgins, senior counsel for Adams, said it was incredible the UTV Insight programme reported every allegation as absolute fact.

He said his client was presented as a paedophile who beats his wife and went on the run.

"The word alleged isn't used once," said Mr O'Higgins.

"It just stated that he is a paedophile and has committed this abuse.

"They didn't even report the allegations that he denied."

The judge said it would not be impossible for the court in Northern Ireland to be structured to deal with the "very serious problems" the media material created.

"I accept completely that it is objectionable and obnoxious," he added.

The High Court previously heard Adams denies five charges of rape, seven of indecent assault and six of gross indecency.

It is claimed the offences occurred at various addresses in Belfast between March 1977 and March 1983, when his daughter was aged between four and 10.

Adams, a 56-year-old republican, handed himself into gardai in Dublin last year after a European Arrest Warrant was issued by the PSNI.

His barrister argued he will not get a fair trial in the north.

The case continues.

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