Extradition proceedings adjourned against Louth man who killed wife

A Co Louth man, who three years ago was found guilty by a Spanish court of the manslaughter of his wife, has had extradition proceedings against him further adjourned for a month.

A Co Louth man, who three years ago was found guilty by a Spanish court of the manslaughter of his wife, has had extradition proceedings against him further adjourned for a month.

Michael Dermot McArdle (aged 41) of Brookfield, Heynestown, Dundalk, is wanted by Spanish authorities to serve a two-year sentence for causing the death of Kelly Ann Corcoran more than 10 years ago.

The mother-of-two died from injuries sustained when she fell from a hotel balcony while on a family holiday in Marbella on the Costa del Sol on February 11, 2000.

McArdle was convicted by a jury in Malaga in October 2008 but was allowed to return to Ireland pending an appeal.

He was due to hand himself in to the Spanish authorities to begin his jail sentence in September of last year, but failed to do so and was arrested in January on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by a Spanish judge.

In February lawyers for McArdle told the High Court that their client was appealing to the Constitutional Court in Spain and had a “legitimate expectation” that he would not have to return to the jurisdiction until after the outcome of this appeal.

Mr Justice John Edwards said the court would accede to an adjournment in the matter and remanded McArdle on continuing bail until June 1.

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