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Sean Farrell was arrested in Scotland and remanded to Maghaberry Prison

Sean Farrell was arrested in Scotland and remanded to Maghaberry Prison

Collins Courts.

Sean Farrell was arrested in Scotland and remanded to Maghaberry Prison

A 35-year-old Dublin man went on the run in the UK even though it was the same state that has been looking to extradite him for more than three years for the attempted murder of a police officer in Northern Ireland in 2015.

Sources said last night that they were "completely mystified" that Sean Farrell, of Stannaway Road, Crumlin, would choose to flee to Scotland from Ireland when he had spent years trying to fight his extradition to Northern Ireland.

Remanded

"It seems he had friends in the Glasgow area but the reality is that he fled to the same jurisdiction who have been looking to arrest and charge him," a source said last night.

"The same place he has been doing everything in his power not to get sent to."

He was arrested by Scottish police on Thursday and then transferred to Northern Ireland where he was remanded in custody yesterday to Maghaberry Prison.

Farrell and his co-accused Ciaran Maguire (32), of Kippure Park, Finglas, are wanted for the alleged attempted murder of a police officer and possession of explosives with intent to endanger life.

Both face life imprisonment on both counts if found guilty.

According to the men's European Arrest Warrant, the PSNI officer's wife, also a serving PSNI officer, awoke in the early hours of June 18, 2015, and looked out her bedroom window and saw a male in the driveway on the ground at the driver's door of her husband's car.

The male in the driveway appeared to be working on something underneath the car, which was subsequently confirmed to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), according to the warrant.

"That same night," Maguire and Farrell were arrested in Co Donegal on suspicion of membership of an unlawful organisation, the High Court heard in extradition proceedings.

Last February 14, Mr Justice Donald Binchy told the court that he considered all the arguments made for and against the men's surrender and "having done so, I'm satisfied that the arguments made against the surrender have to be rejected".

Mr Justice Binchy held off making the extradition orders for the men to give them time to consider the judgment and put the matter down for mention on Wednesday, February 26.

However in the meantime Farrell fled Ireland and was not heard of until his arrest this week.

Maguire is serving just under five years in jail here for IRA membership imposed in July 2018.