Wife killer set to appear in court

CONVICTED wife killer Dermot McArdle is out on bail after he appeared before the High Court as an extradition attempt to return him to Spain got underway.

CONVICTED wife killer Dermot McArdle is out on bail after he appeared before the High Court as an extradition attempt to return him to Spain got underway.

McArdle is wanted in Spain so that he can serve the two-year sentence he received for the manslaughter of his wife Kelly-Anne Corcoran.

The High Court heard that McArdle was arrested on Saturday, January 29 at 12.24pm by detective sergeant Jim Kirwan of the Garda Extradition Unit. Kirwan called to McArdle’s home but he was not there.

He then contacted him by telephone and McArdle later presented himself at Dundalk Garda Station where he was arrested on foot of a European Arrest Warrant.

The European arrest warrant, sent by the Spanish authorities, was endorsed by the High Court on Friday, January 28.

The court heard that when he was arrested McArdle said: “There is a Supreme Court appeal pending, that is the only reason I have not surrendered myself.”

McArdle’s solicitor Mark Lynam, of Frank McDonnell Solicitors, told the court that the father-of-three has been unemployed since December 2008.

“He receives e253 in social welfare every week and has two teenage children to support,” Lynam told the court.

The 41-year-old from Haynestown, Dundalk, was remanded in custody on Saturday, January 29 with consent to bail, which was granted.

The bail was granted on a number of conditions. He was released on his own bond of e150 and an independent surety of e20,000, e5,000 of which was lodged to the court.

Michael Gibney lodged the surety on McArdle’s behalf. McArdle was due to hand himself in to the Spanish authorities last September but failed to do so.

McArdle is due to appear in court again on February 9 in relation to the extradition proceedings. He did not speak during the hearing.

However, McArdle gave an undertaking to appear in court at the next date, not to commit any offence, be of good behaviour and to remain in the state.

The court heard he had already surrendered his passport to gardaí. Kelly-Anne Corcoran, aged 29, died two days after falling from room 421 of Marbella’s Melia Don Pepe Hotel while on holiday in 2000.

After he was convicted of her manslaughter in Spain in 2008, McArdle was ordered to pay his two sons, Mark and Paul, e60,000 each for the loss of their mother. He was also ordered to pay Kelly-Anne’s parents, Ted and Bridie Corcoran, e100,000.

Last year Judge Fernando Gonzalez ordered McArdle to serve his jail term for failing to pay the compensation.