Chances of convicted wife killer Dermot McArdle getting an early release from a Spanish jail received a blow this week after a court described his compensation payments to the family of his wife as “derisory”.
The court heard that McArdle of Heynestown, Dundalk is paying just €50 a month of the e220,000 that he was ordered to pay by way of compensation.
He is currently 16 months into a two year sentence for the manslaughter of Kellyann Corcoran in February 2000.
Court officials in Malaga descriebed the payments as “derisory” and “insufficient” and said they have never sanctioned the amounts in their report to Spain’s Prison Service. ]
It is thought the courts view of the payments will hurt McArdles chances of an early release.
He was ordered to pay e60,000 each to his two sons by Kellyann, Mark and Paul, for the loss of their mother – and her grieving parents Ted and Bridie e100,000.
A Spanish lawyer said in court at McArdle’s trial that he had received nearly half a million euro in life insurance payouts following his wife’s death.
At his current rate of payment he would take 366 years just to compensate fully his sons and former in-laws.
Court officials have said they will wait until McArdle has made several of his €50 payments before transferring the first lump sum to his victim’s relatives.
In Spain prisoners normally have to serve three-quarters of their sentence before they can qualify for early release, although in some cases it is two-thirds.
Kelly Ann Corcoran died on February 11, 2000, after falling from the balcony of a holiday apartment in Marbella. The court rejected McArdle’s assertion that she had tripped while trying to stop her son Mark, then 3, from playing on a handrail.
The jury of nine voted by a majority of 7 to 2 to convict the then 39-year-old Dundalk father of causing the death of his wife Kelly-Anne Corcoran during a heated argument on the evening of February 11th 2000, the day the family arrived on holiday on the Costa del Sol.