Shooting suspect indicates willingness to consent to extradition

A man wanted in connection with the shooting dead of a British Army recruitment officer in Derby more than 17 years ago has indicated to the High Court his willingness to consent to his extradition to the UK.

A man wanted in connection with the shooting dead of a British Army recruitment officer in Derby more than 17 years ago has indicated to the High Court his willingness to consent to his extradition to the UK.

The British authorities are seeking the surrender of Declan Derek Patrick Duffy (aged 35), a father of two originally from Armagh but with an address at Hanover St West, Dublin.

He is currently in custody in relation to other matters, and is due to be released from prison in July 2011.

In a European Arrest warrant seeking Mr Duffy's surrender, the UK authorities claim he, on the afternoon of April 13 1992, murdered Sergeant Michael Newman, a 34-year-old father-of-one in Derby, England.

Mr Duffy is also charged with conspiracy to commit murder on dates between January 1, 1992 and April 13, 1992.

Sgt Michael Newman was shot in the head outside an Army careers office where he worked. He died from his wounds the following day.

The Irish National Liberation Army (INLA) later claimed responsibility for the killing.

Today at the High Court, Mr Justice Michael Peart was informed by counsel for Duffy, Mr Fergal Kavanagh SC, that his client, who is a British citizen, wished to serve the remainder of his Irish sentence in the UK.

If that were arranged his client was willing to consent to his extradition.

The judge adjourned the matter to later this month so that suitable arrangements for any surrender could be agreed between the parties.

Previously the court heard that Duffy was objecting to his extradition on grounds that he would be prejudiced due to the delay by the authorities in processing the extradition request.

Another objection was the apparent lack of information in the extradition warrant as to whether the offence Duffy at issue came under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

The UK is also seeking the extradition of Anthony Patrick Gorman (aged 39), originally from Co Armagh, but with an address at Bailieborough, Co Cavan, on the same charges. He is on bail pending the hearing of the extradition request.

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