Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

UTV's Liam Adams sex abuse claim programme obnoxious, says judge

A UTV documentary about allegations of sexual abuse against the brother of Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams has been described by a judge as "objectionable and obnoxious".

Mr Justice John Edwards said the episode of the UTV magazine 'Insight', which was shown to the High Court as part of extradition proceedings against Liam Adams, was representative of the "enormous amount" of "completely objectionable" material on the matter in both the print and broadcast media.



But he said it was "not impossible" that a Northern Ireland court could structure something in the course of a trial to address the "very serious problem" that the material created.



Authorities in Belfast are seeking the rendition of Mr Adams (55) to answer five charges of rape, seven charges of indecent assault and six charges of gross indecency against his daughter, Aine Tyrell (38).



Ms Tyrell has waived her right to anonymity.



Mr Adams is a brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams.



It is claimed the sexual offences occurred when the alleged victim was aged between four and 10.



Mr Adams's counsel Michael O'Higgins had submitted that his client would not receive a fair trial in the North because of pre-trial publicity. He said the 'Insight' programme portrayed his client as a "monster".



Mr Adams, with a last address at Bernagh Avenue in Belfast, turned himself into gardai in Dublin in March 2010. He denies all the charges against him.



Judge Edwards said the extradition court would return judgment on the matter on September 28 next.



Source Irish Independent



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