- By a Broken Rites researcher, article posted on 24 November 2017
James Cunneen was born in New Zealand, the court was told. In 1979, he joined a Catholic religious order which has priests working in a number of parishes in Australia and New Zealand. After working in this religious order in Australia, he left the priesthood and returned to New Zealand.
Cunneen came to the attention of New South Wales police as a result of information given to Australia's child-abuse Royal Commission.
On 22 November 2017, NSW Police extradited Cunneen back to Australia in custody. He then appeared in Sydney's Central Local Court (by video-link from a police cell).