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Irish woman extradited to UK for alleged hammer attack

Ruaidhrí Giblin

Published 27/02/2014 | 16:56

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Martina Frances McGrath has been extradited

The High Court has extradited a 22 year old Waterford woman to the UK for allegedly attacking a man in England with a hammer three years ago.

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UK authorities want to prosecute Martina Frances McGrath for three offences including wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm which carries a maximum sentence of 12 months imprisonment under British law.

Ms McGrath, who was in custody prior to yesterday's (Thursday's) hearing, is alleged to have assaulted a 28 year old man in Essex on St Valentine's Day three years ago.

She was due to come before Basildon Crown Court on May 6 2011 for the purpose of trial but “failed to answer bail.” counsel for the DPP, Fiona Murphy BL, told the court yesterday (Thursday).

She was arrested by gardaí on January 6 2014 on foot of a European Arrest Warrant which was endorsed by the High Court later that day.

Mr Justice John Edwards ordered the surrender of Ms McGrath to UK authorities and remanded her to the Dóchas Centre women's prison for 15 days while arrangements can be made with persons who are duly authorised to receive her.

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