'Border Fox' Dessie O'Hare appears in court for extradition hearing

Dessie O'Hare
Dessie O'Hare

The so-called 'Border Fox', Dessie O'Hare, an ex-INLA man, is facing extradition to the Republic of Ireland.

The 60-year-old was arrested at his home on the Slaterock Road, Newtownhamilton, County Armagh, this morning just before 6am.

He appeared in court today where he only spoke to confirm his name, the BBC reports.

O'Hare was previously been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment for kidnapping, but was released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement. 

O'Hare stands accused of being a gang leader alongside Declan Duffy, 43, of Hannover Street, Dublin, who is awaiting trial in the Republic.

The court heard that there is strong evidence in the case, including CCTV images and witness reports.

A defence barrister argued that his client didn't pose a flight risk as he is married with children and that he has a home worth £200,000 - £300,000 and a handyman business.

 He also has five acres of land which includes mushroom-growing facilities.

He is wanted on a number of offences including violent disorder, threats to kill, grievous bodily harm and false imprisonment.

All of the alleged offences reportedly happened in Dublin on June 9 last year.

O'Hare's lawyer also argued that he has had his Irish Passport seized, but investigations are still ongoing into whether or not he has a British passport.

A bail hearing will take place on Friday with a full extradition hearing scheduled for December 9.