Man accused of sex attacks fails to avoid extradition to Republic
A man accused of sex offences against his niece in 1991 has failed in a last-ditch legal bid to avoid extradition to the Republic.
Judges in Belfast yesterday refused to grant his application to take his case to the Supreme Court.
The man, referred to as AB due to reporting restrictions, is now expected to be extradited within 10 days to face possible trial in the Republic.
He is being sought on three charges of sexual assault of a child and the alleged offences were committed at an undisclosed location in the Republic in July 1991.
Gardai launched an investigation in 1993 - around the same time AB moved to Northern Ireland.
Authorities in the Republic initially decided not to prosecute him due to a lack of corroborating evidence.
But a European Arrest Warrant was issued in September 2017 after a new determination was reached in the case.
AB has been locked in a battle against extradition since he was detained two months later.
In May 2019 the Recorder for Belfast ruled that he should be transferred to stand trial.
Lawyers for the man challenged that decision at the High Court on a number of issues, including the request was an abuse of process, but judges had dismissed the challenge.
AB's legal team returned to court yesterday in a bid to secure permission to mount one further appeal.
However, Lord Justice Stephens rejected both applications.