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Eggheads star CJ appears in court over alleged killing

By Rachael Burnett

Eggheads star CJ de Mooi has been bailed after appearing in court over an alleged killing which he apparently confessed to in his autobiography.

The former panellist on the BBC quiz show, who appeared in court under his real name Joseph Connagh, could face extradition to the Netherlands for allegations of murder, manslaughter and assault more than 20 years ago.

He said in his autobiography that he punched a man who approached him with a knife, then threw him into a canal in Amsterdam in 1988.

The 46-year-old was detained under a European arrest warrant on Wednesday at Heathrow Airport, after landing at Terminal 3 from a business trip in South Africa. He appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates Court, wearing grey tracksuit bottoms, a green t-shirt and a hoodie.

De Mooi, who lives with his husband in Caldicot, Wales, is opposing his extradition and was released on bail to appear at the court on November 28 for an extradition hearing.

Prosecutor Brian Gibbins said: "The defendant appears before you today on a European arrest warrant issued by a Dutch prosecutor in Amsterdam."

He added: "This is an allegation relating to matters of manslaughter, murder, assault and assault by battery. It relates to an incident said to have taken place in 1988 in Amsterdam.

"On the face of the warrant he is wanted for further questions."

Chris Stevens, representing de Mooi, said there was a "lot of missing information" from the warrant. "The words were in his own book, the information provided in that book," he added.

"There doesn't appear to be a named victim in the warrant, date of birth or even an address where this matter took place."

He said the inquiry by the Dutch authorities was based on "something that might have happened" and which "could arguably be self defence".

De Mooi and his husband, who are both apparently out of work, were ordered to pay £5,000 security as a bail condition. He was also banned from international travel, has to sleep every night at his home address and keep a charged mobile phone with him.

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