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Wife-killer contests assault claim

A MAN convicted of the manslaughter of his wife in Spain nearly 10 years ago is contesting an allegation that he assaulted a female press photographer.

The court hearing will take place in October.

At Dundalk District Court Garda Inspector Kieran Houlihan said the case against Dermot McArdle (41), from Brookfield, Marlbog Road, Dundalk, could not go ahead because one of the garda witnesses was currently involved in a murder trial at the Central Criminal Court.

Defence solicitor Frank McDonnell said he had been notified the case was to be adjourned and asked for a date for hearing towards the end of October.

In reply to Judge Patrick Clyne he confirmed that a barrister would be representing McArdle. Judge Clyne listed the case for October 27 and noted it would take approximately 90 minutes.

McArdle is pleading not guilty to an allegation that on January 9, at Haynestown, Dundalk, he assaulted Jenny Matthews, contrary to section 2 of the Non Fatal Offences Against the State Act.