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Convicted child abuser claims extradition to Falkland Islands over historic charges would breach human rights

December 9, 2018

HUMAN RIGHTS: Paedophile Brian Hudson claims extradition would be unfair 

A CONVICTED paedophile, who is facing historical child sex abuse charges in the Falkland Islands, claims he should not be extradited because it would "breach his human rights".

Brian Hudson, 78, has convictions in the UK for child abuse in the Teeside and Newcastle areas and openly admits to a "sexual interest" in children.

He is facing fresh claims that he seriously sexually abused a girl, aged 11 or 12 between April 1985 and September 1986, on the overseas British territory.

Falkland Island officials want to extradite him the around 8,000 miles to face trial.

Hudson, who denies the new offences, is appealing on grounds it would breach his human rights as, if convicted, he would likely never see his wife again and die in prison.

He also claims his extradition would be “unjust and oppressive” due to the age of the allegations.

His wife is 77, and is in a care home with dementia, the Westminster Magistrates Court heard.

Hudson was arrested at his Sunderland home and spent time on remand in Wandsworth Prison.

Lawyers for the Falkland Islands argued he should not be released on bail due to the risk of fleeing or further offending.

HEARING: The case is being heard at Westminster Magistrates Court 

However, he was given conditional bail at Westminster Magistrates Court, which has taken a £4,000 surety.

Hudson is under curfew at his home between 9pm and 8am daily and must report to police daily.

He cannot go to any port, airport or train station, unless is is for travel in connection with the case, and if he finds his expired passport it must be handed in within 24 hours.

At an earlier hearing Judge Mr Justice Julian Knowles said he faces “very serious” allegations.

He said: "The fact they were allegedly committed many years ago doesn’t make them any less serious.

"It is likely, in the event of a conviction, that he will receive a substantial period of imprisonment.

“Given his age, it is not an impossibility that he would spend the rest of his life in prison.”

Hudson claimed that he had learned his lesson after a 2002 conviction, for offences dating back to 1996 committed in Newcastle, and had not re-offended since.

He also claimed that with ill health, mobility issues, and having to care for his wife, he would be unable to flee. 

The case was adjourned until January.

 

 

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