UK seeks extradition of Tipperary man

Authorities in the UK are seeking the extradition of a 39-year-old Co Tipperary man on charges including that he alleged stole hundreds of British lottery scratch cards.

Today the High Court in Dublin was informed the British police are seeking the extradition of Mr Aidan O'Dwyer, who is wanted on theft charges dating back to 2009.

Mr O'Dwyer is alleged to have stolen some UK£4,400 as well as 300 £1 scratch cards from his employer at a one stop post office in East Sussex, in the South of England.

A warrant seeking Mr O'Dwyer's arrest was issued after he left the jurisdiction.

Today at the High Court, Detective Garda Dermot Fitzgerald told Mr Justice Gerard Hogan that on Monday he arrested Mr O'Dwyer at his residence at Kilnamanagh Court, Clonoulty, Cashel Co Tipperary on foot of a European Arrest Warrant that had been endorsed by the High Court last November.

The detective said when the charges contained in the warrant were put to Mr O'Dwyer he replied: "Yes".

Mr Justice Hogan, after outlining to Mr O'Dwyer his rights to legal representation or to consent to being returned to the UK, remanded the 39-year-old in custody with consent to bail.

The Judge made the matter returnable to a sitting of the High Court early next month.

Under the terms of his bail, Mr O'Dwyer is to sign on three times a week with the gardaí, surrender his passport and gave an undertaking not to apply for further travel documents. In addition, a surety of €3,000 is to be provided, €1,000 of which must be cash.

Barrister Anne-Marie Lawlor, for the State, said her client had no objection to Mr O'Dwyer being granted bail, and that he had already surrendered his passport to gardaí.

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