Filthy Catholic priest pedo scumbag set to be extradited…finally!

Bernard McGrath, enjoying the food court while awaiting a decision on his extradition to face 252 charges for sexual offending against boys

Bernard McGrath, pedo priest

Bernard McGrath can finally be named.

He is the filthy pedo scumbag who has been fighting his extradition to Australia where he is facing 250 charges of interfering with boys while a Catholic priest.

A High Court judge has rejected the bid by former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath to overturn the Minister of Justice’s decision to grant his extradition to Australia to face sex charges.

Justice Cameron Mander’s decision was issued at the Christchurch High Court today, two weeks after he spent half a day hearing submissions on the judicial review of the decision by former Justice Minister Judith Collins.

Australia is seeking the extradition of McGrath, 65, to face 252 child sex abuse charges there.

Justice Mander said today: “I conclude that the Minister made no reviewable error in making her decision that McGrath be surrendered to the Commonwealth of Australia. The application for review is declined.”

Good. When is the next flight to Australia?

Defence counsel Phillip Allan argued in the hearing that there had been a breach of natural justice in the minister’s decision. He said this concerned the failure of the Ministry of Justice to obtain further information about McGrath’s circumstances and the limited support he would have available to him in Australia.

He said McGrath would have no emotional support, no financial support, and questions concerning the funding of the defence on legal aid.

Boohoo.

The judge said in his decision that the minister had concluded that the factors relied upon did not give rise to compelling or extraordinary circumstances that would make it unjust or oppressive.

He noted allegations that Cameron Slater, a blogger associated with the minister, had breached suppression orders imposed in the case, but he described suggestions of communications about the case between Slater and the minister as “unfounded speculation”.

Oh really? The real situation was that The Press published a photo of him, in contravention of the suppression orders. We used The Press photo on a blog post because…you know…mainstream media had…and then the scumbag journalist dobbed us to the Police and said we have breached the order.

As soon as I was notified I took the photo down.

Finally we can be “rid  of this turbulent priest”.

Let’s hope he wastes away rather painfully in an Australian prison.

 

– Fairfax

 


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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