COURT officials in Spain have rubbished Dermot McArdle’s claims that they broke an agreement to delay his extradition.
The dad of three is expected to argue at a crunch hearing next week that Spanish authorities reneged on a promise to let him stay in Ireland until his appeal against jail had been resolved.
McArdle (41) from Brookfield, Heynestown, Dundalk is fighting extradition to Spain to start a two year jail sentence for the manslaughter of his wife Kelly Anne Corcoran 11 years ago.
He has sought leave to appeal in Spain’s Constitutional Court – the equivalent of the Supreme Court in Ireland – in a last-ditch attempt to avoid jail.
McArdle’s lawyer claimed in the High Court last month that his client had an arrangement with Spanish authorities so that he could stay in Ireland until the appeal was settled.
However, a Spanish source claims that no such agreement has ever been in place and described McArdle’s claims as “utter baloney”.
McArdle was convicted of the manslaughter of Kelly Anne (29) in a Malaga court in October 2008. The mother of two died in February 2000, two days after falling from the balcony of their room at a Marbella hotel.
As part of his conviction, McArdle was ordered to pay his two sons by Kelly Anne, Mark and Paul, e60,000 each as well as e100,000 to her grieving parents Ted and Bridie.
He has yet to pay any compensation though, prompting the sentencing judge to order he serves the two year term which is usually suspended for first time offenders in Spain.
McArdle lodged his appeal last October after failed appeals at lower courts. He was arrested at his home on a European Arrest Warrant at the start of this year after failing to meet a deadline to return to Spain voluntarily to begin his jail sentence.
His extradition hearing at the High Court is scheduled for March 9.