Paedophile who fled Lanka appears in Kiwi court

A former Catholic brother charged with over 250 counts of sexual abuse against children and young adults in NSW has appeared in a Christchurch (New Zealand)  court.

The former St John of God brother, Bernard Kevin McGrath has been living on a tea plantation in Sri Lanka but is understood to have flown back to New Zealand late last week.

Sri Lanka is a known haven for paedophiles, particularly outside of its main cities, and organised child-sex rings are known to operate across the whole country.

McGrath, who recently served two years in a New Zealand prison for sexually abusing boys in Christchurch, has appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Monday morning applying for bail.

McGrath moved to Sri Lanka shortly after 252 abuse charges were laid against him in an Australian court on June 27.

The 65-year-old was 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.

It was understood some charges relate to McGrath’s time as a brother at the notorious Kendal Grange College in Morisset.

Among the charges are 30 counts of homosexual intercourse with a male between the age of 10 and 18, 30 counts of homosexual intercourse between a teacher and a student aged between 10 and 18, and 102 charges of indecent assault.

NSW police were planning to seek McGrath’s extradition from New Zealand. But he was allowed to fly out of that country, even after the charges were laid against him in Australia.

The Press