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Belfast man wanted for allegedly kidnapping woman appears in court after extradition from Republic of Ireland

By Alan Erwin

A Belfast man wanted for allegedly kidnapping a woman appeared in court today following his extradition from the Republic of Ireland.

Jonathan Turley, 36, was also being sought in connection with charges of assault, dangerous driving, having a claw hammer and CS gas spray.

The alleged offences were committed at locations in Belfast and Co Antrim back in 2014.

Turley, of Clandeboye Drive in the city, was detained under a European Arrest Warrant.

He was handed over to police in Newry and brought to Belfast Magistrates' Court following a year-long extradition process.

As Turley entered the dock, a PSNI officer said a total of nine warrants were executed after he was transferred from the Republic.

Police have also been seeking him in connection with alleged criminal damage to a north Belfast bakery and threats to damage a house.

Defence solicitor Chris McCann confirmed he was not applying for bail.

But he told the judge the defendant wanted to correct what he perceived to be inaccurate media coverage of a previous case.

"Mr Turley wanted me to outline to the court that he was arrested for assault on a male in Cork," the lawyer said.

"It was misreported that he had assaulted a female."

At that point there was an outburst from his client.

"All the fake news reporters... I was arrested for a fight in a bar," he shouted out.

Turley was remanded into custody to appear again next week for a preliminary enquiry hearing.

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