THE DUNDALK man serving a prison sentence for the manslaugher of his wife has had hopes of an early release dealt a blow after court officials described his compensation payments to her family as 'derisory' according to national media reports.
Dermot McArdle from Heynestown was criticised over the paltry payments to his late wife's parents and children in a report submitted to prison chiefs by the Spanish court that jailed him.
He is currently 16 months into his two-year sentence for the manslaughter of Kellyann Corcoran in February 2000.
Father-of-three McArdle is paying just €50 a month despite being ordered to pay €220,000 compensation and thousands more in court costs when he was convicted of manslaughter more than four years ago.
Court officials in Malaga have described the payments as 'derisory' and 'insufficient' and insisted they have never sanctioned the amounts in their report to Spain's Prison Service.
His 28 year old wife Kellyanne Corcoran plunged to her death following a heated arguement at the couple's fourthfloor hotel room in Marbella.
He was convicted of her manslaughter in October 2008 – and started his two-year jail sentence in August 2011 after losing a string of appeals. He was ordered to pay €60,000 each to his two sons by Kellyann, Mark and Paul, for the loss of their mother – and her grieving parents Ted and Bridie €100,000.
A Spanish lawyer said in court at McArdle's trial that he had received nearly half a million euro in life insurance payouts following his wife's death.
At his current rate of payment he would take 366 years just to compensate fully his sons and former in-laws.
Court officials have said they will wait until McArdle has made several of his €50 payments before transferring the first lump sum to his victim's relatives.
In Spain prisoners normally have to serve three-quarters of their sentence before they can qualify for early release, although in some cases it is twothirds.