Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Liam Adams remanded on sex charges

Liam Adams, brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams, has been remanded in custody

A brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has been remanded in custody to face sex offence charges.

Liam Adams, 56, was extradited to Northern Ireland from the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday.

He appeared at Laganside Magistrates' Court in Belfast charged with the abuse of his daughter Aine Tyrell, who has waived her right to anonymity.

Adams, who is originally from west Belfast, denies the charges.

District Judge Fiona Bagnell refused a bail request in line with the concerns of a police officer who told the court there was a risk the defendant might not attend future hearings.

Adams, dressed in a suit and a pale open-necked shirt, was remanded in custody for one week to appear in court again on November 10 by video link.

He faces 18 charges including rape and gross indecency.

He lost a legal battle against being extradited after a court in Dublin last month refused him permission to remain in the Republic.

Defence solicitor Philip Breen said his client's immediate family had provided a house for his use in Belfast and said he intended to fight the charges.

"It is going to be a long protracted battle," said the solicitor.