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High Court refuses to order discovery of documents in relation to wanted man

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The High Court has refused to order discovery of documents in relation to the security status of a man UK authorities want extradited to England.

Simeon Cosmo Langford (32), AKA Luke Gillespie, with an address at Brigstock Road, Bristol in the UK, is wanted in England to face charges on attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, theft and assault. Mr Langford is also wanted for allegedly breaching the conditions of his release from a prison sentence for grievous bodily harm.

According to a European Arrest Warrant issued in August 2015, Mr Langford was released on license, otherwise known as parole, in the UK on May 6, 2015 and is alleged to have committed the offences for which he is sought on dates between June 2 and June 11, 2015.

The warrant alleges that he absconded and UK police believe he travelled to Ireland on June 13, 2015 using a passport in the name of Luke Gillespie.

He was arrested by gardaí in Cork in August 2015 and brought before the High Court. On that occasion, Mr Langford denied he was the person who was subject of the extradition request.

In the High Court today, counsel for Mr Langford, Ronan Munro BL, sought discovery of certain documents specific to his client's security status in prison in England.

Mr Munro said his client had complained about inhumane and degrading treatment in the past such as cleaner being put in his food and being put in punishment cells for longer than he ought to have been.

Mr Munro said he had been able to adduce certain information from what he'd been told - that Mr Langford is in the high security Portlaoise Prison and had come to court accompanied by a garda escort – but apart from “throwing a yoghurt” none of those things had come to pass.

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly refused to order discovery of the documents. She said nothing had been put forward by Mr Langford apart from a statement as to prison conditions generally.

Ms Justice Donnelly said the burden was on Mr Langford to prove that the documents were necessary to enable her to fulfill her functions and at this point in time she did not see an order for discovery as necessary.

The case was put back until Monday, March 7 next when a date for hearing is expected to be set.

Mr Langford was remanded in custody until that date.