Northern Ireland

Man returned from Sweden for trial for 18 sexual offences

A 59-year-old man has been returned to Northern Ireland from Sweden to stand trial for 18 serious sexual offences.

The man was detained in Sweden under a European arrest warrant. A Stockholm court recently ordered his extradition to NI.

He faces a total of 18 charges on a range of serious sexual offences including rape, attempted rape and indecent assault.

The accused is due before North Down Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Police confirmed he had fled jurisdiction to the Netherlands in Aug 2008 shortly before a preliminary court hearing.

His whereabouts remained unknown before he was detained by the Swedish authorities earlier this year.