Man caught during Garda swoop in Ramelton still awaiting extradition

first_imgA man caught during a huge Garda operation in Ramelton earlier this year is still at the centre of extradition proceedings.The man, a dissident republican, is expected to be returned to the north to stand trial on charges linked to the murder of prison officer David Black.Damien Joseph McLaughlin (41) of Kilmascally Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, skipped bail late last year and fled to the Republic. He was awaiting trial for aiding and abetting the murder of Mr Black in November 2012, two charges of possessing articles for use in terrorism, two counts of preparation for acts of terrorism and belonging to a proscribed organisation.McLaughlin was arrested in Co Donegal this year by armed Gardai on foot of a European Extradition Warrant issued on behalf of the PSNI.Damien McLaughlin is led away by armed Gardai. Picture by kind permission of the Irish Sun. These pictures cannot be reproduced without permission.At Belfast Crown Court today, a prosecution lawyer told Mr Justice Colton: “Mr McLaughlin, as you may already be aware, is in the Republic of Ireland awaiting extradition.“The court in Dublin earlier this week requested more information from the requesting State, ie the UK, and it is likely that further substantial submissions will be made to the court.” Mr Justice Colton agreed to review the case on January 12, 2018.McLaughlin was on bail at an address in west Belfast but when police called last December he could not be found and milk in the fridge was four weeks out of date.His disappearance while on bail provoked a public outcry from David Black’s family who said they “felt let down and hurt by the justice system”.Mr Black’s widow Yvonne, daughter Kyra and son Kyle were later visited by the PSNI officer leading the manhunt for McLaughlin, Detective Chief Supt Raymond Murray.DCS Murray said he had visited the Black family “to offer sincere apologies on behalf of the PSNI for the stress and worry this situation is creating for them” and provided “reassurance of the steps police are taking to locate the whereabouts of Damien McLaughlin”. The failure by the PSNI to carry out regular bail checks on McLaughlin is currently the subject of a Police Ombudsman investigation.Following a massive cross border manhunt, McLaughlin was eventually arrested on March 2 while crossing the bridge Ramelton, en route to Letterkenny.Man caught during Garda swoop in Ramelton still awaiting extradition was last modified: October 29th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DAMIEN MCLAUGHLINDavid BlackdonegalfugitiveRameltonlast_img read more