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Catholic brother accused of sex crimes flees – report



SYDNEY – A former Catholic brother wanted in Australia on more than 250 child sex charges was reported Monday to have fled New Zealand for Sri Lanka before his extradition could be secured.

Bernard McGrath is facing 252 child sex charges in Australia relating to his time in church-run institutions in the 1970s and 1980s and was due to be extradited from New Zealand earlier this year.

But McGrath’s brother Clem told Australia’s Fairfax newspapers he had flown out of Christchurch several months ago after being contacted by a friend who said: “Why don’t you come to Sri Lanka? You’ve got nothing here.”

According to Fairfax, McGrath was now living on a tea plantation in the Sri Lankan highlands.

He was paroled in New Zealand in 2008 after serving jail time for child sex offences at a Christchurch school in the 1970s – his second stint in prison for such crimes.

Australian police told AFP they would “not comment in relation to this investigation as speculation may jeopardize current lines of inquiry” and refused to confirm “who we are or are not investigating”.

New Zealand police said they were also unable to comment.

Australia’s Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare, who is responsible for extraditions, did not immediately respond to questions on the case.

Australia this month announced it would hold a sweeping royal commission into claims of child sex abuse within religious organisations, not-for-profit bodies, state agencies and schools – an inquiry expected to take years.


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  • http://whywontgodhealamputees.com/ Lucky Luciano

    “Once is an accident. Twice is coincidence. Three times is an enemy action” – MR

    252 child sex charges…. tsk tsk tsk

  • $5699914

    Nab this monster and put him in prison. He is a disgrace to himself and to his religion.

    • RomyLitz

      This brother must be assigned in Iraq !!

  • virgoyap

    Sobra na ito. He should no longer be tolerated. Languish him in jail.

  • JuanTamadachi

    Off with his head!!

    • RomyLitz

      He’s got two heads, one at the top and one shiny head at the bottom. Which one?

      • JuanTamadachi

        quite obviously the one at the bottom to make him a eunuch..

  • TUBAGBOHOL.com

    How can he sleep with these charges? 252 victims?

    • RomyLitz

      Ang bayot maka tulog bisan unsang lugar o kahimtang…bisag unsa-on og posisiyon, makatulog guihapon kana !

  • RomyLitz

    There it goes again, a catholic brother is convicted of a paedophilic crime. These catholic priests or brothers ,if they are not gay, they are certified paedophiles. How come, the catholic schools with reputations  for producing geniuses, the best and the brightest, are also prolific in producing bishops and priests committing intentionally crimes of homosexuality and paedophile?

  • UrHONOR

    >>>Catholic brother accused of sex crimes flees – report<<<

    INGGIT lang yan sa mga kaTOLiks…..siguro atheist o preotestante o INK ang nag-report nyan.  Walang ganyan sa bibliya.  Paninira lang yang balitang yan!  :)))

    • amapangarap

      ano ba gusto mo sabihin? potek tagalog na nga sablay sablay ka pa.

      • UrHONOR

        KUNG ano ang gusto mong ISIPIN.  SIMPLENG tagalog lang e-engot-engot ka pang umintindi!  Hindi pang komiks ang usapan ditong pangangarap….pang matanda ang talakayan dito.  

      • amapangarap

        weh di nga? siguro na abuso ka rin ng mga pari no? wala sa bibliya yan..lol

      • UrHONOR

        KUNG ano ang gusto mong ISIPIN

      • amapangarap

        ayaw ko. di ko ma-imagine. hahaha

      • UrHONOR

        ITO siguradong kayang-kaya mo:  Cathy T. Anne Moew.

      • amapangarap

        are you my conscience?

  • AlexanderAmproz

    Pedophiliac priest’s are more prolific and untouchable than drugs pusher’s

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    CATHOLIC TALIBAN CHURCH OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES IN GOD WE CASH”’

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    CBCP BISHOPS TALIBAN SAY REPRODUCTION IS MORE FUN IN THE PHILIPPINES”’

  • Guest

    At Ed Mendoza: Since when does the CBCP has any iota of say in Australia? Not even the Catholics there will care a millisecond what CBCP says.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    NGAYON CARDINAL NA SI TAGLE LALAKAS NA ABULOY”’ MATUTUWA NA NAMAN ANG VATICAN” NEW PRIVATE SCHOOLS BILLION SHARES OF PHILIPPINE STOCK EXCHANGE SHARES OF MINING SHARE IN PHILIPPINE AIRLINES BOOMING BUSINESS NEED TO PAY TAXES TO THE GOVERMENT KAILANGAN HARANGIN ANG R.H BILL PARA MARAMING DESPERADO PATAY GUTOM NA MAG SIMBA AT NG LUMAKAS ANG ABULOY BOOMING BUSINESS

    • ShineMother

      nyahahaha!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    CBCP BISHOPS IS TERRORRIST TALIBAN OF PILIPINO NATION” GO BACK TO VATICAN TERRORIST”

  • ShineMother

    252? ang bogli naman nyan! 

    ~~putulan na ng ulo yan, up and down!

  • simonibarra27

    Anong shame? lahat naman sila pari pari ho. Nahuli lang yung isa kaya itiniwalag na ng Catolikoliko, Malaki kasi babayaran for settlement $$$$ malulugi si Damaso!



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