Wednesday 21 March 2018

'Violent' accused brought to court by five riot officers awaits extradition verdict

Simeon Cosmo Langford is awaiting a decision on his extradition Stock picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Simeon Cosmo Langford is awaiting a decision on his extradition Stock picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Ruaidhri Giblin

A man described as having a propensity for "extreme violence", who was brought to the High Court by five officers in full riot gear, must wait to hear whether he will be extradited.

Simeon Cosmo Langford (33), of Brigstock Road, Bristol, is wanted in England to face charges of attempted murder, grievous bodily harm and theft.

Langford is also wanted for allegedly breaching the conditions of his release from a sentence for grievous bodily harm.

According to a European Arrest Warrant issued in August 2015, Langford was released on parole in the UK on May 6, 2015, and is alleged to have committed the offences for which he is sought on dates between June 2 and June 11, 2015.

The warrant alleges that he absconded, and UK police believe he travelled to Ireland on June 13, 2015, using a passport in the name of Luke Gillespie.

He was arrested by gardaí in Cork in August 2015 and brought before the High Court.

Opposing an application for his surrender to the UK on grounds he would suffer inhumane and degrading treatment on his return, his barrister Ronan Munro BL said his client was in a "special category".

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly said it was exceptional for someone to be handcuffed in court and asked the State to make a formal application for the procedure, which was made "based on the profile of Mr Langford". The hearing resumed.

In documents read out to court, Mr Langford was described as having a "propensity toward extreme violence" and "had chronic feelings of persecution by authority figures".

Mr Munro said he accepted that suboptimal prison conditions did not preclude surrender "but he [Mr Langford] was in a special category".

He said his client had a fraught relationship with prison authorities and "you can see that in action here today". It was a "flavour of the type of approach that was taken in the UK", he said.

Mr Langford has had "appalling experiences" in UK prisons, which, Mr Munro said, were borne out by Inspector of Prison reports submitted to the court.

Counsel for the Minister for Justice, Vincent Heneghan BL, said Mr Langford was making assertions about ills he had suffered in British prisons but they were "mere allegations".

Ms Justice Donnelly said she hoped to be in a position to deliver judgment next Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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