Tuesday 12 December 2017

'Caught by Crimecall' - Suspected killer arrested hours after TV appeal

Keelin Shanley on RTÉ Crimecall and inset Oliver Hurley
Keelin Shanley on RTÉ Crimecall and inset Oliver Hurley

Ken Foy

A suspected killer handed himself in to gardai within hours of his image appearing on RTE’s Crimecall show this week.

Oliver Hurley (63) is wanted by the English authorities in relation to alleged manslaughter charges.

Oliver Hurley
Oliver Hurley

Mr Hurley presented himself at Greystones Garda Station in Co Wicklow on Tuesday evening only hours after gardai made a TV appeal.

He was arrested and brought before an extradition hearing at the High Court yesterday.

Mr Hurley has been remanded in custody to Cloverhill Prison and is expected to appear before the High Court again in the coming weeks.

He is alleged to have fatally attacked a man at a Salvation Army hostel in Great Peter Street in London.

Keelin Shanley on RTÉ Crimecall
Keelin Shanley on RTÉ Crimecall

The garda extradition unit had been hunting for him for several weeks.


It is understood that Mr Hurley had been based in Co Wicklow for a number of weeks but had bizarrely planned a cycling trip to the UK in the coming days.

It has been confirmed that he is an Irish national.

Mr Hurley is not the first alleged criminal to hand himself over to gardai after seeing himself on Crimecall.

Earlier this month, Dublin Circuit Court heard evidence that a “talented musician” who handed himself in to gardai for assaulting a Croatian man after being featured on Crimecall, will be sentenced early next year.

Bernard McDonagh (30) admitted punching the man, who was knocked unconscious and fell to the ground, landing face first.

The victim broke his jaw in two places and also suffered damage to a number of teeth in the incident.


Gardai recovered CCTV footage which showed the assault taking place and it was shown on Crimecall with a view to identifying the attacker.

McDonagh went to Pearse Street Garda station and made full admissions.

The victim had his jaw wired shut for several weeks following the incident and requires dental surgery.


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