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Keith McCarthy

Keith McCarthy

Keith McCarthy

A 40-year-old criminal who the UK authorities want to charge with the "targeted murder" of a 29-year-old man in England last April, has appeared before an extradition hearing at the High Court.

Keith McCarthy, originally from Limerick, was brought to the Criminal Courts of Justice from Cloverhill Prison yesterday.

He is already serving a six-month sentence for obstruction while in custody at Bray garda station.

He was arrested on foot of a European Arrest Warrant in connection with the murder of talented chef Kerrin Repman (29), who was killed when his motorbike was hit by a BMW in a "targeted crash" in Essex on April 15 last.

A 79-year-old woman who happened to be walking past at the time suffered multiple broken limbs and was taken to hospital for treatment in the horrific incident.

Officers from Bray had originally arrested McCarthy, who is also known as Keith Galvin, for possession of heroin after he was stopped and searched in the Co Wicklow town in October.

Gardaí in Bray became suspicious that McCarthy had given them false details about his true identity and he was charged with the obstruction offences after he refused to give fingerprint samples at the station.

He was later sentenced for this offence at Bray District Court.

Following extensive enquiries by local gardaí they determined the suspect they had arrested for the heroin possession charge was the subject of a major manhunt by English police.

This led to his arrest by the Garda Extradition Unit yesterday morning.

Just days after the murder in Essex, English police issued an appeal for McCarthy to come forward and help their inquiry, in which they issued a photograph of the criminal.

He has numerous previous convictions and has served significant jail sentences in the UK for offences such as burglary and assault.

Sources revealed last night that gardaí have established he also has links to the feared McCarthy-Dundon gang.

McCarthy was sent back to Cloverhill Prison yesterday after his brief court appearance and is due to appear again before the High Court on December 18.

It has not yet been determined when he fled to Ireland or how long he had been in Bray before his original arrest around six weeks ago.

"He thought he had managed to hide his identity from authorities here, so he got a major shock yesterday to be told he was on his way to court from jail over the murder charge," a senior source said last night.

In July, UK Crimestoppers issued an appeal in the murder case and offered a £5,000 reward for information.

"It appears that the driver of the BMW car drove at speed to intentionally target Mr Repman on his bike," said Mick Duthie, Crimestoppers director of operations.

"This dangerous, callous and reckless behaviour has resulted in a death and another person almost dying."

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