Saturday 24 March 2018

Gerry Adams's brother refused bail after extradition on charge of abusing daughter

Steven McCaffery

A brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams was remanded in custody in the North on sex offence charges yesterday.

Liam Adams (56) had been extradited to the North from the Republic on Wednesday.

He appeared at Laganside Magistrates' Court in Belfast charged with the abuse of his daughter, Aine Tyrell. Ms Tyrell has waived her right to anonymity.

Liam Adams, who is originally from west Belfast, denies the charges. District Judge Fiona Bagnell refused a bail request in line with the concerns of a police officer who told the court there was a risk that the defendant might not attend future hearings.

Liam Adams was remanded in custody for one week to appear in court on November 10 by video link. He faces 18 charges, including rape and gross indecency.

Documentary The allegations emerged when Ms Tyrell took part in a television documentary in 2009.

The investigating officer was, however, challenged by defence solicitor Philip Breen after claiming the authorities had initially sought his client more than 20 years ago over the allegations. The solicitor contested the claim and said that Liam Adams had co-operated with the police on both sides of the Border, but he said the case had been accompanied by major publicity, given the high profile of the defendant's brother, Gerry Adams.

Mr Breen said his client, who has remarried, was accompanied in court by his wife and a daughter and that both were prepared to give evidence in support of the bail application.

The solicitor said that his client's immediate family had provided a house for his use in Belfast and said he intended to fight the charges.

"It is going to be a long, protracted battle," said the solicitor.

Irish Independent

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