Friday 24 March 2017

Wife-killer McArdle faces court over alleged assault

Elaine Keogh

A MAN convicted of the manslaughter of his wife in Spain nearly 10 years ago yesterday pleaded not guilty to assaulting a female press photographer.

The case against Dermot McArdle (41), from Brookfield, Marlbog Road, Dundalk, Co Louth, will be heard before a judge at Dundalk District Court on July 14 next.

He was facing a second charge of theft of the photographer's camera, but when the case was called yesterday morning, Garda Inspector Leo McGinn said that the DPP had directed that charge be struck out.

However the charge that on January 9 last at Haynestown, Dundalk, Co Louth, he assaulted Jenny Matthews, the photographer, is being proceeded with, the court heard.

The assault is alleged to have happened close to his home.

The court previously heard that when gardai put the charges to him, McArdle replied he had "no comment" to make.

His solicitor, Frank McDonnell, yesterday said that a date for hearing was required, to which Judge William Hamill asked if the accused was pleading not guilty and Mr McDonnell replied, "yes".

The judge was then told there were five witnesses in the case, of which three will be gardai.

Bail

The judge remanded him on continuing bail to July 14 next when McArdle, gardai and the photographer will testify.

In February 2000, his wife Kelly Anne Corcoran died after falling from a balcony in Marbella.

McArdle was subsequently convicted in a Spanish court of her manslaughter and given a two-year sentence.

He was also fined €100,000 and ordered to pay €60,000 to each of their children.

Irish Independent

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