Ballymena arrest: man facing extradition to Romania to serve jail term for sexual offence and child pornography

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A man was arrested in Ballymena on Sunday, June 9, in relation to a sex offence and pornography conviction in Romania.

Officers from the PSNI’s Local Policing Team based in Ballymena, working with the PSNI’s International Policing Unit, detained the 26-year-old man.

In a statement, police said the man is wanted in Romania to serve a prison sentence of two years and four months for committing a sexual act with a minor and child pornography. The offences occurred in the Arad area between 2017 and 2019.

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He was detained on a Romanian extradition warrant and is due to appear before Laganside Extradition Court on Monday, June 10.

Police arrested a man in Ballymena on Sunday, June 9. Photo by PacemakerPolice arrested a man in Ballymena on Sunday, June 9. Photo by Pacemaker
Police arrested a man in Ballymena on Sunday, June 9. Photo by Pacemaker

Sergeant Davey from the International Policing Unit said: “This arrest is another example of the police service working closely with our international partners to locate fugitives and bring them before the extradition courts.

"Our message is clear, Northern Ireland is not a safe haven for any wanted persons trying to avoid arrest and the consequences of their previous actions. We will relentlessly pursue those that are trying to delay or deny justice to victims of crime."