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McArdle paid €680 of €220k 'compo'


Michael Dermot McArdle. Photo: Courtpix

Michael Dermot McArdle. Photo: Courtpix

Michael Dermot McArdle. Photo: Courtpix

WIFE killer Dermot McArdle was released from prison despite having paid just €680 of the €220,000 compensation he was ordered to hand over.

McArdle (42) was allowed to leave a jail near Malaga on May 22 after serving his two-year sentence for the manslaughter of his wife Kelly-Anne Corcoran.

He has failed to make any more payments since tasting freedom.

Spanish authorities will pass on the money to his victim's parents and his and Kelly-Anne's two children.

Last night officials admitted they did not anticipate receiving any more money from McArdle.

He was declared insolvent in Spain after his 2008 manslaughter trial – despite a lawyer revealing in court McArdle had received nearly half a million euro in life insurance payouts following his wife's death on February 11, 2000.

When he was sentenced, the dad-of-three was ordered to pay €60,000 each to his two sons by Kelly-Anne, Mark and Paul, for the loss of their mother – and her grieving parents Ted and Bridie €100,000.

He made just a handful of €50 payments while in prison in a move blasted as "derisory" by court officials.

A source close to the case confirmed yesterday: "McArdle was released from prison on May 22 having paid just €680 in compensation.

"The court will now be checking again to see if he has any assets in Spain but if he hasn't, their hands are tied.

"McArdle wouldn't be the first prisoner to pay a minimal amount of compensation while he's behind bars as a way of showing willing and stop the payments once he's released."