A CONVICTED British murderer wanted under a European Arrest Warrant was arrested in rural Cork last week, it has emerged.
The 65-year-old served a life sentence over the killing of a woman in the UK in the 1970s.
He was granted parole by the UK authorities towards the end of his sentence and was required not to leave Britian and to liaise with probation officers.
However, it's understood that the man broke his parole by disappearing from the country a number of years ago.
UK police issued a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) and sent out an international appeal for help in tracking down the missing murderer.
Last week, Gardaí tracked the man down to a small rural community near Eyeries, West Cork and arrested him.
The man had been living in a caravan for several months, according to the Irish Independent.
A source told the paper: "There was a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) executed in west Cork for a murder that occurred outside our jurisdiction."
A local resident said: "He kept to himself and you'd only see him out at the shops of maybe going for a drink locally.
"You'd see a few foreign people around here who seem to want to get away from it all.
"But we were shocked over the weekend when the word spread that this fella was a convicted English murderer."
Gardaí are currently working with UK police in the process of extraditing the man back to Britain.