Man arrested at Heathrow facing extradition over Kerry 'hit-and-run'

Man arrested at Heathrow facing extradition over Kerry 'hit-and-run'

A MAN arrested at Heathrow Airport in connection with a suspected hit-and-run in Co Kerry will appear in court again next week to face extradition proceedings.

Paud O’Leary (42) was killed while cycling near his home in Kerry more than two years ago.

Last Tuesday, police at Heathrow Airport arrested a man in his 20s who Gardaí suspect may have been involved in the father-of-four's death.

The man appeared before Westminster Magistrates Court on Tuesday and has been remanded in custody to appear again in court next Wednesday (February 19) when he will face extradition proceedings.

It is believed Gardaí were made aware that the suspect, who had been in Western Australia, would be travelling to the UK and they asked the Metropolitan Police for their assistance.

Mr O’Leary (42) was killed at Scrahanfadda while cycling near his home on July 1, 2012 in Kerry in the early hours of the morning.

He had been training for a charity cycling event in aid of children and adults with Down Syndrome, the condition that one of his daughter’s has.

His body was discovered several hours later by a family member who went searching for him when he failed to return home.

Mr O’Leary left behind his wife Margaret and four children Shannon, Antoinette, Paudie and Ross, the youngest of who was only seven when he was killed.

His family had made several public appeals for information about his death, but this is the first arrest to be made.

The vehicle Gardaí suspect to have been involved, a charcoal grey Toyota Landcruiser, was never recovered.