Killer goes to Madrid

WIFE-KILLER Dermot McArdle is finally behind bars in a Spanish jail serving time for the death of his wife Kelly-Anne Corcaran.

WIFE-KILLER Dermot McArdle is finally behind bars in a Spanish jail serving time for the death of his wife Kelly-Anne Corcaran.

McArdle, aged 42, from Brookfield, Heynestown, Dundalk was taken to Dublin Airport on Friday last (August 5) and handed over to two Spanish police officers.

The Spanish officers then escorted him aboard the 2.35pm flight to Madrid. The dramatic turn of events followed McArdle’s decision to drop his three-year extradition fight.

McArdle was handed a two-year jail term in October 2008 after a jury found him guilty of gross negligent homicide in the death of his wife of five years. The conviction is deemed the equivalent of a manslaughter conviction by the Irish courts.

Earlier in the week, McArdle told the High Court in Dublin that he was aware he would be taken into custody in Spain and jailed.

He lost the appeal in May but there were delays about extraditing him to Spain due to confusion over transportation arrangements.

Barristers for McArdle confirmed on Friday, July 29 that McArdle was no longer contesting his extradition. He waived his right to a ten-day referral period before the extradition order was enforced.

The judge then remanded him to Cloverhill Prison in Dublin until arrangements were made for his handover to the Spanish authorities. It is understood McArdle is incarcerated at the Alhaurin de la Torre Prison, which houses 1,300.