Fears wife killer won't make court date
CONVICTED wife killer Dermot McArdle is due in a Spanish court today -- but the airspace shutdown has put his appearance in doubt.
An international arrest warrant is likely to be issued against McArdle if he fails to honour the deadline. Last month he was given an extra 30 days to hand over €220,000 compensation linked to his conviction for the manslaughter of Kelly Ann Corcoran.
A judge granted McArdle the extra time after he appeared in court in Malaga to ask for a month's leeway. Judge Fernando Gonzalez also ordered him to report back to jail when he returned to Spain.
It is not known whether McArdle (40), of Haggardstown, Dundalk, Co Louth, asked for an extension to the deadline because of the crisis. Court officials were not available for comment yesterday.
McArdle appeared in court in Dundalk last Wednesday on charges of assaulting a photographer in the town in January.
McArdle was jailed for two years in October 2008 after he was convicted of unintentionally killing his wife at a hotel in Marbella in February 2000.
In Spain, prison sentences of two years or less are normally suspended for first-time offenders.