Wednesday 21 March 2018

Limerick man wanted in UK on rhino horn robbery charge surrenders to extradition

Ruaidhri Giblin

A LIMERICK man wanted in the United Kingdom in connection with the robbery of a rhino horn from an antique dealer surrendered to his extradition at the High Court today.

Michael Kealy, of Abbeylands, Askeaton, Co Limerick, who denied the charges, said he was prepared to surrender voluntarily to the UK authorities.


The 26-year-old was arrested on September 28th, 2012 by Detective Sergeant James Kirwan on foot of a High Court Warrant.


Authorities in the UK are seeking Mr Kealy’s rendition in relation to the alleged robbery of a rhino horn from an antique dealer at a McDonald’s car-park in England.


Counsel for the State, Mr Tony McGillicuddy BL, told the court that Mr Kealy was facing charges in relation to robbery of a rhino horn by joint enterprise.


Making a bail application before the court, Mr Remy Farrell SC, for Mr Kealy, said his client ticked all the boxes for the granting of bail. He said he had not resisted arrest or given false names to gardai.


He said the State had previously consented to bail on a bond of €15,000, the entirety of which had been lodged, and Mr Kealy had strictly adhered to bail conditions.


In seeking bail, he said his client had a medical appointment on Friday and wanted to take steps to ease his extradition to the UK.


Mr Justice John Edwards ordered Mr Kealy's surrender. In refusing bail, he said Mr Kealy told lies to the court when he said he had an appointment for an x-ray the next day.


He said he had been open to giving Mr Kealy bail but he expected people to be candid and to tell the truth.


Mr Justice Edwards remanded Mr Kealy to Cloverhill Prison and said there was a very serious risk that he would not turn up for his surrender date, despite the fact that he was presumed innocent.

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