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Death crash driver awaits extradition ruling

A MAN convicted of causing the deaths of two children in a road accident 10 years ago will learn next month if he is to be extradited to Hungary in connection with the deaths.

Ciaran Tobin (46), with an address at Offington Drive, Sutton, Co Dublin, was sentenced in his absence to 18 months in jail for negligent driving causing the deaths of Marton (5) and Petra Zotlai (2) in April 2000 outside Budapest.

He was working in Hungary for Irish Life at the time.

Mr Tobin is contesting the application for his surrender.

Yesterday at the High Court, Mr Justice Michael Peart remanded him on continuing bail and said he hoped to be in a position to rule on the matter on February 11.

Extradition proceedings brought against Mr Tobin in 2007 were dismissed after the High Court found that under the relevant legislation, he had not fled Hungary after the offence.

The court accepted Mr Tobin's argument that he and his family had left Hungary, on November 30, 2000, following the completion of his work there and that he had never "fled" Hungary.

The High Court's decision was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2008.

However, a new warrant seeking his surrender was issued following a change in the law under the 2009 Criminal Justice Act.

In the new European Arrest Warrant, it is claimed that the car driven by Mr Tobin mounted a footpath in a built-up area near the Hungarian capital on April 9, 2000, killing the two children.

Irish Independent