Killer misses his date in court
CONVICTED wife killer Dermot McArdle missed a Spanish court hearing yesterday because of the volcanic ash cloud.
McArdle had been due to present himself at court in Malaga to pay a €220,000 fine linked to his 2008 manslaughter conviction after the death of Kelly Ann Corcoran, and to begin a two-year jail sentence.
But the air shutdown still affecting most of northern Europe prevented him from travelling to the Costa del Sol.
His solicitor is understood to have faxed court officials a copy of McArdle's flight ticket and a letter explaining his absence.
McArdle, from Dundalk in Louth, has been told to fly to Spain as soon as air travel gets back to normal.
McArdle was jailed for two years in October 2008 after a jury convicted him of unintentionally killing his wife Ms Corcoran (29) at a hotel in the Costa del Sol resort of Marbella in February 2000.
He lost two appeals against his conviction.
His lawyer, Luis Casaubon, declined to comment yesterday.