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Irish gangster wanted for murder to be extradited after being found hiding in Romford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 August 2017

Armed police were seen in Victoria Road, Romford, at around 1am on June 11. Picture: @jennirowe

Armed police were seen in Victoria Road, Romford, at around 1am on June 11. Picture: @jennirowe

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An Irish gangster charged with murder is to be extradited back to his home country after being caught in a late night police sting in Romford in June.

Jonathan Keogh was dramatically arrested by undercover officers in the early hour of Saturday, June 11, in Victoria Road.

On Thursday he appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court, where District Judge Richard Blake ruled he could be sent back to Ireland to stand trial for the murder of a 35-year-old man in Ireland last year.

His whereabouts were reportedly discovered after he applied for a passport online while in hiding.

A court spokesman told the Recorder: “He remains in custody under section 21A (5) of the Extradition Act 2005 and the reasons given for this were that he is likely to abscond or reoffend and the nature of the offences.

“No order was made regarding court costs.”

Mr Keogh has two weeks to appeal the extradition order.

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