Britain seeks extradition of UK citizen over murder in London
Published 04/01/2013 | 05:00
UK AUTHORITIES are seeking the extradition of an Englishman wanted in connection with the murder of a man whose body was found in a London flat.
Thomas Anthony Kearney (38) appeared in the High Court in Dublin before Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley.
The judge heard that the UK authorities are seeking his extradition in connection with the death of David Remmer (35), whose body was discovered at an address at Talgarth Road, London, on December 13.
In the warrant seeking Hammersmith-born Mr Kearney's extradition, it states that Mr Remmer's body was discovered in Mr Kearney's flat.
The UK authorities say that the dead man had been beaten and stabbed. It is also claimed that a blood-stained knife was found at the scene.
It is alleged that CCTV pictures showed Mr Remmer and Mr Kearney entering the flat in the days prior to the death.
It is also alleged that around the time of his death Mr Remmer had been reported to police as being a missing person.
On December 19, a warrant for Mr Kearney's arrest was issued by a Magistrates' Court, but he had left the jurisdiction and had travelled to Ireland.
A warrant seeking his extradition was then issued.
Yesterday at the High Court Detective Garda Sean Fallon said Mr Kearney was arrested at an address at Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, on foot of a European arrest warrant, which had previously been endorsed by the High Court in Dublin.
The detective told the court that when Mr Kearney was asked if he knew what the charges contained were about, he replied: "It was self-defence".
Anne Marie Lawlor, for the State, asked the court to remand Mr Kearney in custody pending the listing of an extradition hearing later this month.
No application for bail was made.
Lawyers for Mr Kearney, who was dressed in a white T-shirt, dark jacket and jeans and did not speak during the brief hearing, told the court that his client feared for his safety in a shared cell in prison.
Ms Justice O'Malley, said there was nothing she could do but said that any concerns for Mr Kearney's safety should be made to the prison governor.
The judge, after informing Mr Kearney of his rights, remanded him in custody and made the case returnable for January 15.