‘Arrest on sight’

Thursday, 7 September 2017

European warrant sought to locate co-accused in Lesley-Ann case.

A Detective Sergeant has told Armagh Magistrates Court a European Arrest Warrant is in the process of being finalised in respect of a co-accused in the case of the death of teenager, Lesley-Ann McCarragher.

Lesley-Ann was jogging along the Monaghan Road in Armagh on April 9, 2016, when she was struck by a vehicle.

Nathan Finn, who is also accused of causing Lesley-Ann's death whilst having no driving licence, was present in the dock last Tuesday as his case is ready to proceed. However, a prosecution lawyer advised the scheduled committal hearing to transfer the case to trial at crown court was not in a position to proceed, due to the continued absence of the co-accused.

The prosecution said: "I appreciate the distress this is causing to the family but in the interests of justice it is appropriate to send both men for trial together as opposed to splitting them up." She then called the Detective Sergeant to the witness box to outline the current status.

Referred to in court simply as "the co-accused", the detective said, "This man is actively evading police and not making himself available. Despite extensive, valiant efforts to apprehended him, he remains at large." The detective explained since the last court hearing a European Arrest Warrant has been applied for, and is in the process of being granted as a matter of urgency, given the seriousness of the case.

She stated, "This will enable the details of the co-accused to be circulated widely and allow his arrest on sight." District Judge Amanda Brady noted the presence of Lesley-Ann's family in court and said, "It is very regrettable as there cannot be further delay without further distress. I am confident all is being done which can be done to expedite this matter. The distress this is causing is acknowledged by all."


The overall case was adjourned for a fortnight to monitor the status of the European Arrest Warrant, and in preparation for Finn to seek an amendment to his current bail terms, which is to be "vehemently opposed" by police.


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