Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ian Griffin accused of murdering millionaire girlfriend in £1,000-per-night Paris hotel suite WILL be extradited - 21st Apr 2011

A businessman accused of murdering his millionaire girlfriend in a Paris hotel room has lost his fight against extradition to France.

Ian Griffin, 41, is accused of murdering Kinga Legg, 32, who was found dead in a bath in a £1,000-per-night hotel suite.

A High Court judge yesterday rejected his appeal against extradition and warned 'the utmost care' should be taken to ensure he did not attempt suicide during his removal.

The battered body of Ms Legg was found at the exclusive Hotel le Bristol in May 2009. She had suffered multiple injuries and a radiator had been torn from a wall.

The murder sparked a international manhunt for Griffin who was arrested in Cheshire a week later.

Judge Wickham ordered extradition despite his taking a drug overdose on November 18 which led to him being treated at St George's Hospital in Tooting, south London, for kidney problems. Because of the overdose he did not attend the extradition hearing.

His lawyer, Matthew Butt, asked for the case to be adjourned because of his inability to attend, but the judge dismissed the application.

Lawyers for Griffin, from Warrington, Cheshire, had challenged a decision last December by District Judge Daphne Wickham at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court that he must return to France.

Mr Justice Collins, sitting in the High Court, ruled Judge Wickham had acted lawfully and was correct to decide that further delay was unreasonable.

He declared it would not be 'unjust or oppressive' for extradition to go ahead. Read More