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Wednesday 13 November 2019

Pair accused of attempt to kill PSNI man lose legal challenge

Dubliner Sean Paul Farrell is wanted in the North
Dubliner Sean Paul Farrell is wanted in the North

Two men wanted in the North for the alleged attempted murder of a PSNI officer have lost their latest legal chall- enges ahead of an extradition hearing.

Dubliners Ciaran Maguire (29), of Kippure Park, Finglas South, and Sean Paul Farrell (32), of Stannaway Road, Kimmage, are wanted for the all-eged attempted murder of a police officer and possession of explosive substances with intent to endanger life.

Both men face life imprisonment on both counts if found guilty.

The Court of Appeal dismissed their latest legal chall-enge yesterday, and lawyers for the Justice Minister indicated they will apply for an early extradition hearing in the coming weeks.

Giving judgment in the case, Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy said an improvised explosive device (IED) was found under the car of a serving PSNI officer in Co Derry on June 18, 2015.

Warrant

According to a European Arrest Warrant, the officer's wife, also a serving PSNI officer, awoke in the early hours of June 18 and saw a male in the driveway on the ground at the driver's door of her husband's car.

The man appeared to be working on something underneath the car that was subsequently confirmed to be an IED, according to the warrant.

That same night, Ms Justice Kennedy said, Mr Maguire and Mr Farrell were arrested on suspicion of membership of an unlawful organisation.

The men's lawyers brought judicial review proceedings over an alleged failure by gardai to provide them with information and records following their arrest in Co Donegal.

Ms Justice Kennedy said their arguments were "entirely speculative" as they had not shown what breaches actually occurred.

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