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Sunday 26 January 2020

Extradition process under way in widow Rose murder probe

Victim Rose Hanrahan
Victim Rose Hanrahan

An extradition process has begun to bring a suspect detained over the murder of widow Rose Hanrahan (78) in Limerick back to Ireland from the UK.

The man, who was detained by UK police more than two weeks ago on foot of an Irish-issued European Arrest Warrant (EAW), is wanted for questioning by Limerick detectives over the Christmas 2017 murder of the frail pensioner.

Ms Hanrahan was violently assaulted in her own home in what appeared to have been a botched robbery. She was then tied up and strangled.

Suspicious

It is understood that British police acted on the EAW immediately after they became suspicious of the suspect's identity.

The matter has already been before an English magistrate.

However, the legal process surrounding the extradition to Ireland is expected to take several weeks to resolve.

The individual remains in custody pending legal proceedings over the extradition process.

The extradition will not be resolved by the UK courts until well into the new year. Gardai refused to specify where in the UK the man was detained.

Two weeks ago, neighbours, friends, politicians and community leaders attended a special vigil to mark the second anniversary of the killing.

Ms Hanrahan was found dead in her Thomondgate home on December 15, 2017, by relatives who called to her cottage amid concerns for her welfare.

She was discovered tied up. The widow had been strangled and her home ransacked. Gardai believe that she was killed after a robbery went wrong.

The garda file includes strong forensic, CCTV footage and eyewitness evidence.

Gardai have spoken to 1,900 people as part of their investigation. In an unique development, members of Limerick's criminal underworld have also assisted them, such was the revulsion at the brutal murder.

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