Date to be set in June

DUNDALK wife-killer Dermot McArdle has been remanded on continuing bail until June 22, when a date for hearing extradition proceedings against him is expected to be set.

DUNDALK wife-killer Dermot McArdle has been remanded on continuing bail until June 22, when a date for hearing extradition proceedings against him is expected to be set.

Lawyers for the 41-year-old of Brookfield, Heynestown, Dundalk, told the High Court on Wednesday, June 1 last that they were seeking an adjournment for three weeks.

Mr Justice John Edwards said the court would remand McArdle on continuing bail and adjourn matters until June 22, when it is anticipated a date for hearing will be set.

McArdle is wanted by Spanish authorities to serve a two-year sentence for causing the death of his wife, Kelly-Anne Corcoran over ten 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 handed a suspended two-year jail term in October 2008 for the manslaughter of his wife. Under Spanish law, jail sentences of two years or less for first-time offenders are usually suspended.

The court in Malaga also ordered him to pay e220,000 in compensation to Kelly-Anne’s family. McArdle attempted to overturn his 2008 conviction and sentence but the appeal failed. Last year, Judge Fernando Gonzalez ordered McArdle to serve his jail term for failing to pay the compensation.

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.