A man who was supposed to be serving 12 years in an English prison when he was caught cultivating 112 cannabis plants in Co Tipperary will be extradited to the UK when he finishes serving his sentence here.
The British request to extradite Welsh man Wesley Purse (42) was the first to come before the Irish High Court since the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement was concluded between the UK and the EU last October.
However, the High Court rejected an argument on Friday that the expiry of the withdrawal agreement on December 31st next was any bar to Mr Purse’s surrender.
The 42-year-old is wanted by UK authorities to serve the 12-year sentence that was imposed in his absence at Stafford Crown Court for conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, namely cocaine, in Staffordshire in July 2014.
He is also wanted to face charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, affray and possession of a baseball bat arising out of an alleged attack on a male in the UK on August 8th, 2015. It is…