Book recounts tragedy

A MOTHER of two from Dundalk who was killed while on holiday is featured in a new book entitled ‘Slain Abroad’.

A MOTHER of two from Dundalk who was killed while on holiday is featured in a new book entitled ‘Slain Abroad’.

The book by Michael O’Toole, Crime correspondent for the Irish Daily Star - and co author Fiona Hynes, news reporter from the Irish Daily Star - recounts the tragic story of Kelly Anne Corcoran.

Dermot McArdle from Heynestown is wanted by Spanish authorities to serve a two-year sentence for causing the death of his wife, Kelly-Anne, over ten years ago.

She 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.