Wife-killer McArdle awaiting extradition to Spain
A MAN convicted of killing his wife was last night in custody awaiting extradition to Spain, where he will begin a two-year jail sentence.
Michael Dermot McArdle (41) of Brookfield, Heynestown, Dundalk, was sentenced to two years in prison by a Spanish court in Malaga in October 2008 after a jury found him guilty of gross negligent homicide in the death of his wife of five years, Kelly-Anne Corcoran.
The conviction is deemed the equivalent of a manslaughter conviction in Irish courts.
Ms Corcoran's family last night said they were pleased he will finally begin serving a prison sentence for her manslaughter.
Ms Corcoran (28) died of her injuries in hospital after she plunged from a hotel balcony following a violent argument and struggle with her husband on February 11, 2000.
The mother of two young boys had been staying at the Don Pepe hotel in Marbella on the Costa del Sol during a family holiday.
McArdle had been allowed to return to Ireland pending an appeal which was unsuccessful.
But he failed to return to Spain as ordered by the court last September and a European arrest warrant was issued. He was arrested by gardai here in January but was released on bail.
In February, McArdle's lawyers told the High Court he was appealing his conviction to the Constitutional Court in Spain.
They argued he had a "legitimate expectation" that he would not have to return to the jurisdiction until after the outcome of this appeal.
However, at a hearing at the High Court in Dublin yesterday, McArdle voluntarily surrendered himself to authorities after consenting to his extradition to Spain.
Speaking to reporters outside court, Ms Corcoran's brother-in-law Peter Moran said: "The family is very pleased that this is another step in achieving justice for Kelly-Anne."
"We would like to thank all her friends and relatives who have helped us through this difficult time."
He declined further comment but told the Irish Independent last night that the family would make a full statement in the coming days.
During the hearing, McArdle's lawyer told Mr Justice John Edwards that his client understood the consequences of his surrender to Spanish authorities.
Dressed casually in a striped shirt and jeans, McArdle waived his right to a 10-day referral period before the extradition order was enforced.
The judge then remanded him to Cloverhill Prison until arrangements are made for his handover to Spanish authorities.
It is understood McArdle will initially be sent to the Alhaurin de la Torre Prison which houses 1,300 inmates, including violent rapists and murderers.