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Aust wants NZ pedophile extradited

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/08/2016

A convicted pedophile who was deported from Australia for sex crimes could be made to return to face a further allegation he abused a young boy in the 1980s.

Two New Zealand courts have already rejected the extradition application by the Australian government, who have taken their appeal to the Court of Appeal.

The man, whose name is suppressed, is being sought by police in Queensland over claims he indecently assaulted a young boy between September 1985 and January 1986.

He was convicted and jailed for four years in 2002 for similar offences was and deported back to New Zealand in 2006 after serving his sentence.

The current allegations arose in 2002 when a new complainant contacted police, but further investigations weren't commenced until 2012 when the victim made a formal statement.

The man's lawyer Jeffrey McCall claims the delay means extraditing the man back to Australia now, 30 years after the alleged offences took place, would be unfair given police could and should have investigated the allegations back in 2002 when his client was still in the country.

But Mark Lillico, representing the Australian government, said it was a well recognised phenomenon that child abuse cases had delays because victims often didn't make complaints until they reached a certain level of maturity.

He said Australia could be trusted to ensure the man receives a fair trial.

The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision.

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