A 66-year-old man appeared in court in Londonderry yesterday following his extradition from the Republic on Tuesday in connection to 168 warrants relating to 168 complaints of child sex abuse and assaults.
The defendant, who cannot be named because of his relationship to the complainants, is alleged to have committed the offences in Derry on dates between 1978 and 1981.
Originally from Derry, the defendant was arrested at his home in Co Donegal on December 21 by Garda on foot of a European arrest warrant. He was extradited on Tuesday when he was handed over to the PSNI by gardai on the border close to Middletown, Co Armagh.
The defendant, who is disabled and can only walk with the aid of a crutch, appeared before District Judge Barney McElholm yesterday afternoon.
Defence solicitor Joseph McElhinney said he had not been instructed to apply for bail and the defendant was remanded in custody until January 7, when he will appear for a hearing via videolink.