Wednesday 20 February 2019

Wife killer to avoid prison

Wife killer Dermot McArdle outside his home in Dundalk yesterday. Inset: Kelly-Ann
Wife killer Dermot McArdle outside his home in Dundalk yesterday. Inset: Kelly-Ann

THE heartbroken family of Kelly-Ann Corcoran, who was pushed to her death from a Spanish hotel balcony by her husband, are considering appealing a court sentence which is set to allow him to avoid a jail sentence.

Relatives of the slain mother of two are to spend the next week deciding whether or not to appeal the leniency of a two-year sentence handed to her husband Dermot McArdle, from Haggardstown, Dundalk, Co Louth.

McArdle, who is now back in Dundalk, was facing a jail sentence of between one and four years for pushing Kelly-Ann to her death from a fourth-floor hotel balcony in Marbella on February 11, 2000.

Under Spanish law, sentences of two years or less are usually suspended if the convict has no previous criminal record in the country.

Judge Fernando Gonzalez , who had reserved sentencing after the jury verdict 10 days ago, also ordered him to pay a total of €220,000 in compensation to his sons Mark (12) and Paul (10), and Kelly-Ann's parents Ted and Bridie.

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