Kilkenny man arrested over Spain murder wanted in connection with drug offences here
A KILKENNY man arrested by Spanish police investigating the murder of Irishman Carl Carr is also wanted for questioning in relation to criminal activity in this jurisdiction.
KilkennyNow.ie has learned the suspect, who is from the city, left Ireland before he could be charged in relation to the drug-related offences.
However, lawyers for the suspect did made contact with the authorities here in recent months, indicating he would be prepared to return to Ireland to be questioned by gardai.
The Kilkenny man, who is in his early 30s, was one of four people arrested and questioned by Spanish authorities late last week in relation to the killing of Dubliner Carr (pictured above), who had been missing for almost five months.
The three other suspects include a Spanish male, a British female and another woman with dual British-Spanish citizenship.
Spanish cops found Carr’s body last week buried in a shallow grave beside a motorway on the Costa Blanca.
Some reports claimed Carr (38) was murdered over a €200,000 debt to a major drug gang. However, the victim’s mother insists he was killed over a “love triangle” dispute.
The Kilkenny native appeared in a Spanish court on Saturday in connection with Carr’s murder.
None of the four suspects still in custody have yet been charged under Spanish law. This is customary practice in Spain where formal charges are only laid shortly before trial. Their status is that of ‘investigados’, a legal term in Spain literally meaning ‘under investigation’.
Carr’s body was discovered buried beside a motorway between Benijofar and Algorfa, a 20-minute drive from where he was last seen.
On Saturday Carr’s mother Marie confirmed police had told her the body found by Spanish police was that of her son. She insisted his killing had nothing to do with drugs and claimed it was due to a “romantic triangle”.
Carr was jailed for eight years in December 2008 after he and three other men were caught with cocaine and heroin valued at €1.4m in Raheny on Dublin’s northside.