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Declan ‘Whacker’ Duffy

Declan ‘Whacker’ Duffy

Declan ‘Whacker’ Duffy

Former republican paramilitary Declan 'Whacker' Duffy is to be extradited back across the Border to continue serving his life sentence for murder, following the completion of a domestic sentence for false imprisonment.

Duffy (44), with a last address at Hanover Street West in Dublin, had been serving a term of life imprisonment for the murder of British army sergeant Michael Newman in Derby in 1992 when he was released on licence by a Northern Irish parole board in March 2013.

However, Duffy was arrested by gardai on December 5, 2015, and was last year jailed by the Special Criminal Court for six years for falsely imprisoning Martin Byrne in Rathcoole/Saggart, Co Dublin, on June 9, 2015.

On June 6, 2016, the UK government revoked Duffy's licence and recalled him to prison. A European Arrest Warrant was issued for his arrest.

His lawyers had opposed their client's surrender on grounds that his return to prison in the North amounted to "double punishment".

Unusual

Counsel for Duffy, Anthony Hanrahan, submitted to the High Court that his client had already served "what was deemed by the Sentence Review Commissioner to be an appropriate sentence".

He said it was an "unusual case", as the offending behaviour was carried out in a separate jurisdiction in which Duffy would be serving his six-year sentence in full, before having to return to the North to once again begin his life sentence.

However, Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly ordered Duffy's extradition yesterday.

She postponed surrender pending the completion of Duffy's current six-year prison sentence in the Republic for false imprisonment and assault.

Duffy pleaded guilty at the Special Criminal Court to assaulting John Roche, causing him harm, at Garter Lane, Saggart, on June 9, 2015.

He also admitted falsely imprisoning Martin Byrne at Rathcoole/Saggart on the same date.

He was sentenced to six years' imprisonment on January 29 last year.

Ronan Kennedy, counsel for Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, said Duffy's arrest in the Republic meant he had breached the conditions of his licence not to be a danger to the public.


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