UK police are seeking the extradition of a Co Limerick man they want in connection with the theft of a €200,000 rhino horn, the High Court was told today.
Michael Kealy, of Abbeylands, Askeaton, Co Limerick, was released on €15,000 cash bail to await trial on a European Arrest Warrant. His case was adjourned until October 9.
Detective Sergeant James Kirwan told the court he arrested Keily in a carpark at Fidtown, Piltown, Co Kilkenny today at 7:45am.
He said he told him he had a warrant from the UK which alleged he had been involved in the robbery of a rhino horn from an antiques dealer at Nottingham and Newark, a market town in Nottinghamshire.
Det Sgt Kirwan said Kealy replied that he knew nothing about the alleged robbery of a rhino horn there last year. He had no objection to Kealy being released on cash bail of €15,000 with reporting conditions.
Mr Justice Paul Butler heard that the warrant alleged that the antiques dealer concerned had driven to a meeting with a number of men at a McDonald’s restaurant with the rhino horn.
The horn had been grabbed from him and the group had attempted to drive off in their car. The dealer had wrestled with them through the window and had been beaten up. He was knocked unconscious.
It was learned afterwards that a mature rhino horn weighs on average 4kg and can be sold for €50,000 a kilo.