Suspect in Dungannon carpark murder fighting extradition for fear of ‘significant threat to his life’

Lanigan was arrested by garda at a Dublin gym in January 2013

Lanigan was arrested by garda at a Dublin gym in January 2013

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A man wanted in connection with a murder in a Dungannon hotel carpark, has claimed there is “significant risk to his life” if he is extradited to Northern Ireland.

Francis Lanigan, from Mulhuddart, Dublin, is fighting an extradition warrant in connection with the shooting of Belfast man John Knocker, on May 31, 1998.

The 49-year-old, who was arrested in January 2013 at the Carlisle Gym in Dublin where he was working as a barber, gave the arresting garda a false name.

He later said he was working under the name, Kieron McCrory, for his own protection over the past 15 years.

At his extradition hearing in Dublin’s High Court, Lanigan’s counsel; Dr Michael Forde said his client feared his life would be under “significant threat” if he was surrendered to authorities here.

Dr Forde said there were three questions the court needed to address; whether there is sufficient risk to his client’s life, if there is enough evidence to suggest the risk could be averted and, finally, whether his client could be brought to justice in the Republic.

Justice Deirdre Murphy reserved her judgment until a later date, while Lanigan was remanded in custody until July 24.

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