Thursday, March 15, 2007

Rape suspect faces UK extradition

A man arrested in Poland in connection with the rape and attempted murder of a Devon woman can be extradited to the UK, a court has ruled.
The 48-year-old mother from Exeter was attacked in July 2006 and left for dead under a truck.

A 24-year-old Polish national was arrested in Poznan on 9 February under a European arrest warrant.

Devon and Cornwall Police said he could appeal against the Poznan court ruling, which could take several weeks.

The victim was attacked while walking home after a night out with a friend in the city on 22 July.

She remains critically ill in hospital with serious head injuries.

A police officer from Devon travelled to Poland to oversee efforts to extradite the man.

The arrest warrant included a number of offences including attempted murder, rape and robbery.