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Detectives extradite man from The Netherlands over alleged historic child sex offences

Saturday, 24 April 2021 04:51:04 AM

Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad detectives have extradited a man from The Netherlands on outstanding warrants for child sexual and indecent assault offences alleged to have occurred more than 30 years ago.

In December 2010, officers from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad received a referral outlining allegations of historic child sex offences between 1981 and 1983.

An investigation was commenced under Strike Force Boyd, and following extensive inquiries, a warrant was issued for the arrest of a man – then aged 60 – in September 2016.

On Wednesday 13 December 2017, an Interpol Red Notice was subsequently issued seeking the man’s immediate arrest.

As part of ongoing investigations, detectives issued a global appeal for information on Monday 9 December 2019, to locate the man who was believed to have been living in the United Kingdom or Europe.

The man subsequently attended a police station at Rotterdam, The Netherlands, where he was arrested by Dutch Police pursuant to the Interpol Red Notice on Wednesday 11 December 2019.

The man was held in Dutch custody as detectives worked with Commonwealth partner agencies to seek his extradition to Australia.

Last Saturday (17 April 2021), Strike Force Boyd detectives travelled to The Hague in The Netherlands.

On Thursday (22 April 2021), the man – now aged 65 – was surrendered into NSW Police Force custody at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, to be escorted back to New South Wales.

Their flight arrived at Sydney International Airport about 7.15pm yesterday (Friday 23 April 2021), and the man was taken to Surry Hills Police Station.

He was subsequently charged with outstanding warrants for numerous child sexual and indecent assault offences that allegedly occurred across Sydney between 1981 and 1987.

The man was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court via AVL today (Saturday 24 April 2021).

Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Stacey Maloney, said detectives have worked tirelessly to ensure justice is served for the victims in these matters.

“This result could not have been achieved without the assistance and support of our interstate and international partner agencies – particularly the Dutch Police, Australian Federal Police and Attorney-General’s Department,” Det Supt Maloney said.

“This has been a complex and exhaustive investigation for police, who have spent nearly 10 years investigating these matters and a further 16 months navigating the extradition process and the subsequent challenges imposed on worldwide travel due to COVID-19.

“It is a testament to the strength, bravery, and patience of the victims, together with the determination and dedication of police, that charges have now been laid in relation to these alleged crimes.

“The four detectives who travelled to The Netherlands have returned safely and have now commenced their 14-day isolation in hotel quarantine and will undergo all necessary COVID-19 health checks before returning to work,” Det Supt Maloney said.

Investigations by Strike Force Boyd are continuing.

The Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate matters against children and adults, including sexual assault, serious physical abuse, and extreme cases of neglect.

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

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