Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Wharrie due in court over UK extradition request

Perry Wharrie, who was jailed for 30 years last week in Cork following his conviction in connection with the largest drugs seizure in the State, is due before the High Court this morning in connection with extradition proceedings initiated by the UK authorities.

The 48-year-old was convicted and sentenced last week along with two other Englishmen for possessing at least €440m worth of cocaine off the west Cork coast a year ago.

He is wanted in the UK to serve the remainder of a life sentence for murdering an off-duty policeman in Hemel Hempstead in April 1988.

The married father was one of three men who held up a Securicor van at Barclay's bank and were confronted by policeman Frank Mason, who was shot.

The UK authorities say he was released on license in 2005, but breached the terms set out.

Mr Wharrie is due to appear in court and his lawyers have told the judge that, in light of what happened in Cork last week, they want to amend some of their points of objection to his extradition.

The judge has said that he will be putting the matter back until October 15th.

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