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Tipperary Resident To Be Extradited To United Kingdom

Cannabis sativa

A Welsh native, named as Mr Wesley Purse, who was supposed to be serving a 12 year prison sentence in England; when he was caught cultivating 112 cannabis plants here in South Co. Tipperary, will now be extradited to the United Kingdom after he has finished serving his prisin sentence here in Ireland.

The 42-year-old is being sought by the UK authorities to serve a 12-year sentence imposed in his absence at Stafford Crown Court, for his conspiracy in supplying the Class A drug cocaine, in Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England, back in July of 2014.

Mr Purse is also being sought to face alleged charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on a male in the UK on August 8th, 2015. It is alleged that Mr Purse violently attacked his victim using a baseball bat, following an altercation with the occupants of a motor vehicle.

He had then been released pending charge for the alleged attack, but had failed to answer bail and was subsequently found cultivating €42,000 worth of cannabis at Rossadrehid, Cahir, Co. Tipperary on May 3rd, 2017, for which he received a five-year prison sentence; same due to expire in January 2021.

The UK authorities first sent the request for extradition to Ireland in November 2019, seeking the return of Mr Purse to serve the 12-year sentence imposed in his absence at Stafford Crown Court in 2016 and to face further charges for the alleged violent assault.

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