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Wife killer McArdle held on Euro warrant

A SUSPECT wanted in Spain where he was jailed for two years for the killing of his wife has appeared before the High Court.

Michael Dermot McArdle is wanted in Spain so that he can serve the two-year sentence he received for the manslaughter of his wife Kelly Anne Corcoran.

He was due to hand himself in to the Spanish authorities last September, but failed to do so.

The mother-of-two died from injuries sustained when she fell from a hotel balcony while on a family holiday in Marbella on the Costa Del Sol in February 2000.

At the High Court on Saturday Mr Justice Barry White remanded McArdle (41) in custody, with consent to bail, on foot of a European Arrest Warrant seeking his surrender to Spain. The court also heard that the State was consenting to bail being granted.

Mr Justice White was informed that McArdle, of Brookfield, Heynestown, Dundalk was arrested on Saturday on foot of a EAW issued by a Spanish judge that was subsequently endorsed by the High Court in Dublin last Friday.


Detective Sergeant Jim Kirwan of the Gardai extradition unit told the court that McArdle was arrested on Saturday afternoon. He said that when gardai called to the house McArdle was not present, however he was contacted by phone.

The court heard that McArdle arranged to meet with the gardai at Dundalk Garda Station within an hour of that phone conversation.

Sgt Kirwan said after being asked if knew what the EAW was about, McArdle replied: "There is a Supreme Court appeal pending, and I have the documents to prove it. This is why I have not surrendered myself."

McArdle did not speak during the brief hearing.

His counsel Mark Lynam said that his client intended to take up bail and will be applying for legal aid under the Attorney General scheme.

The judge said that McArdle is to appear before the High Court on Wednesday February 9th.