Thursday 17 October 2019

Ex-priest is extradited from UK for abuse trial

Tom Tuite

A FORMER priest, who was extradited from the UK to stand trial on 34 child sex abuse charges, has been remanded in custody by a court in Dublin.

The 62-year-old was brought back to Ireland yesterday to face a hearing at Dublin District Court where an order was made banning the news media from naming him.

The ex-priest is accused of indecent assault of eight boys and two girls, mostly in Dublin, in the 1970s and '80s.

Detective Garda Anthony Maloney of the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation told Judge Hugh O'Donnell the man was arrested at Dublin Airport.

He was transported to Bridewell garda station where he was charged with the 34 counts. "He made no reply to any charge," Det Gda Maloney told Judge O'Donnell.

The judge assigned solicitor Alice O'Reilly to represent him.

The court heard there was an objection to bail. The defence solicitor took instructions from the 62-year-old and told the court "there is no application for bail today". He was remanded in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on May 22 next.

Irish Independent

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