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Ray Hadley reveals the sentence for ‘Australia’s worst paedophile’

The man Ray Hadley believes is “Australia’s worst paedophile” has been sentenced to a further 18 years behind bars.

Brother Bernard Kevin McGrath committed the most heinous offences imaginable at a boys’ home north of Sydney, between 1978 and 1985.

He oversaw a reign of terror at the Kendall Grange boys’ at Morriset, where several brothers from the Order of St John of God raped and abused boys aged between seven and 13.

McGrath was extradited from New Zealand in 2014 and charged with 256 offences against 43 boys, as detailed extensively by the Newcastle Herald.

Due to the enormity of the case against McGrath his trial was split into two.

In 2018, he was found guilty of a range of offences and sentenced to a maximum of 34 years in jail, with his earliest release date in 2035.

“I’ve been reporting on these sort of cases for much of my broadcasting life. This is Australia’s worst paedophile.”

– Ray Hadley

Now, his second trial has finished and Ray Hadley has revealed the result.

Bernard Kevin McGrath has been found guilty of most of the offences and been sentenced to a further 27 years behind bars, backdated to 2026.

The 73-year-old’s sentence will now expire in 2053, making his full term 39 years but he will be eligible for parole in 2044 at the age of 97.

Investigating officers have told Ray Hadley this is the most sickening case of paedophilia they’ve ever encountered.

Ray agrees saying, “the deeds of this creature usurp most of the stuff I’ve dealt with over the past 30 years”.

“I’ve been reporting on these sort of cases for much of my broadcasting life. This is Australia’s worst paedophile. I mean that quite sincerely.

“May the filthy low bastard rot in hell. He’s just a dreadful, dreadful excuse for a human being and I hope every minute that he spends in jail until his death is horrible for what he did to these poor boys.”

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