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Man to be extradited to UK on child sex charges

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/10/2016

An alleged child sex offender is to be extradited to the United Kingdom more than 13 years after fleeing to New Zealand just before he was due to stand trial.

Alan Ross Keenan, 65, has been ordered by a high court judge to hand himself over to Auckland police on Monday so he can be returned to the UK and face trial.

Keenan skipped the country in 2003, two weeks before his trial at the Salisbury Crown Court on five charges of indecent assault on a girl and two charges of gross indecency with a female.

A warrant for his arrest was issued but because of a series of bungles it was only last year that a compliant extradition request was made and Keenan, who changed his name to Alan Mackenzie MacDonald in 2013, was arrested in November.

A district court judge in July ordered his extradition but he appealed that decision to the High Court.

Justice Kit Toogood said the earlier decision was sound but noted that the long periods of inaction between UK and New Zealand authorities were inexplicable and inexcusable.

The bungles included UK authorities making two extradition requests in 2004 and 2005 that were incomplete before a final request that met requirements was made in February last year.

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