Paedophile priest is extradited


BRENDAN SMYTH (71), the paedophile priest, on right in picture, arriving at Limavady Court in Co Derry yesterday where an order was made for his extradition to the Republic to face 74 sex abuse charges.

The Norbertine priest had been released from Magilligan Prison, where he served a four-year term for sexually abusing children over a 20-year period in west Belfast.

During the hearing, Smyth stood in the dock beside an RUC sergeant. He remained silent except to reply "Yes" when asked if he understood five specimen charges. After the hearing, people outside the court shouted abuse at him. He was driven to City of Derry airport. Accompanied by two gardai, he was then flown to Dublin.