Aussie paedophile flees Sri Lanka

An Australian paedophile, Bernard Kevin McGrath, who was hiding in Sri Lanka, had fled the country undetected.

Chulananda Perera, Controller General at the Department of Immigration and Emigration said that the Australian had left on board a Singapore Airlines flight.

“He left on Wednesday. We got to know it the next day,” he said.

The former Catholic brother, charged five months ago with hundreds of counts of sexual abuse against children and young adults, was said to be hiding on a tea plantation in Sri Lanka because the New Zealand authorities had dragged their feet in extraditing him to Australia, the Australian media had reported.

McGrath, who is among the most infamous members of the disgraced St John of God order, had 252 charges laid against him in a Newcastle court on June 27.

The 65-year-old, who recently served two years in a New Zealand prison for abusing young boys, is alleged to have repeatedly raped, molested and abused dozens of young boys at church-run institutions in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese during the late 1970s and ’80s, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

It is understood that a number of charges relate to McGrath’s time as a brother at the notorious Kendall Grange College in Morrisset.

National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) chairperson Anoma Dissanayake said that she had sent letters to the police and immigration department regarding the alleged paedophile after it was reported that he was in Sri Lanka.

Among the charges against McGrath are 30 counts of homosexual intercourse with a male aged between 10 and 18, 30 counts of homosexual intercourse with a teacher and a student aged between 10 and 18, and 102 charges of indecent assault. (Courtesy The Sunday Leader)