Ryan case fugitive arrested
A MAN who fled the country after being charged with an offence in relation to the murder of Real IRA boss Alan Ryan has been arrested in the UK.
Robert Carroll (27) from Ard Cluain, Clonee, Co Meath, was detained by English police on false passport charges.
He is currently on remand in a high security prison in the English midlands.
Police in the UK have officially notified gardai about the arrest, and sources say that
Carroll is expected to be extradited to Ireland in the coming months to face trial. Gardai have been making plans for him to be returned here.
A senior source said: "All the indications are that Mr Carroll will be happy to consent to come back to Ireland – the indications are that he won't contest any extradition proceedings.
"He was not arrested on foot of a European Bench Warrant in England, he was arrested by police there for a separate, independent offence."
The Herald has learnt that Carroll was arrested a number of weeks ago in England and may be back in Ireland before Christmas.
He is accused of withholding information that might have been of material assistance securing the apprehension, prosecution or conviction of a person in connection with the murder, an offence that carries a maximum sentence of five years in jail.
Carroll was first charged in October of last year with withholding information in relation to the murder of Alan Ryan who was shot dead in Clongriffin, north Dublin, several weeks before.
During his first court appearance, Carroll was subjected to abuse and taunts from associates of Ryan during a tense hearing.
Three men were warned they risked being jailed for contempt of court.
Carroll made no reply when he was charged, and spent several weeks in custody before he took up bail in his own bond of €6,000. After that he made a number of appearances at Dublin District Court. Last April 26 when his case case was called, he was not present.
Defence solicitor Declan Fahy told Judge Ann Ryan: "We are somewhat concerned as to why he is not here. The only thing I am aware of is that his father has reported him missing."
Gda Sgt Emer Curran asked for a bench warrant to be issued.
Judge Ryan at first indicated she would issue a warrant, but she later decided not to, and adjourned the case in Carroll's absence to allow time for him to be found.
However, on April 29, the judge did issue a warrant for Carroll's arrest when he again failed to turn up in court.
A second man, Thomas Hunt (39), with an address at Canon Lillis Avenue in Dublin's north inner city, is also facing similar charges for allegedly withholding information on the Alan Ryan murder.
Last March, Hunt was sent forward for trial to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.