Monday 18 December 2017

Irishman to be quizzed over ex-pat shooting

Gerard Couzens in Malaga

AN Irishman is facing extradition to Spain over an alleged gun attack on a British ex-pat.

Investigators will ask Cork-born Rory McCarthy if he and a second suspect tried to murder Peter Christley.

Police initially probed the theory that Mr Christley, 58, was the victim of mistaken identity when he was blasted at close range in the abdomen, legs and buttocks at his home near the Costa del Sol resort of Benalmadena on January 27.

But they have concluded he was the intended target.

The second suspect, John Dorgan, 52, also from Cork, is being held in a jail near Malaga following his arrest in Fuengirola last month.

Mr McCarthy, 45, is in prison in the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo after being detained at a four-star hotel in the city on an international arrest warrant hours after jetting into the country. He has already agreed to be extradited to Spain to face questioning. Spanish police officers are expected to fly to Montevideo in the next few days to escort him back to Europe.

Both men are suspected of attempted murder. Mr Christley is thought to have returned to the UK after being discharged from hospital and leaving his rented home in Spain. Spanish police are believed to have passed on details of their investigations to counterparts in Ireland so they can probe the possibility of further arrests.

Mr Christley was blasted four times at point blank range by a gunman when he answered the door of his home at 9pm on January 27.

Two men were at the door and one of them shot him without saying a word.

Sunday Independent

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