Scots murder accused loses his 14-year extradition fight


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Phillip Harkins break away froms murdering Joshua Hayes, 22 during a bungled robbery assault

Phillip Harkins has been behind bars for 14 years and denies offshoot dead a Florida man in 1999.

The 38-year-old, originally from Greenock, asked Europe’s most postpositive major judges to block an extradition bid by American prosecutors. 

But Harkins lost his long-running permissible battle after a final appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

He is neediness in Jacksonville for the murder of Joshua Hayes, 22, who was killed during a mismanaged robbery attempt. 

Harkins – who was born to a US father and Scottish mother – disavows he was at the scene of the crime but was implicated by his co-accused in a deal with prosecutors.

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Phillip squandered his battle against being tried for murder in the United States

He was granted bail, liberated in 2002 and flew back to Scotland.

But while here he was jailed for five years for manslaughter Jean O’Neill, 62, who was a passenger in a taxi which was hit by Harkins’ car in Greenock.

Harkins was for his sentence for causing death by dangerous driving when the US authorities’ committed for his extradition in 2003.

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Phillip denies being at the scene here Joshua was killed

The smite was initially refused because Florida has the death penalty for first-degree bloodshed.

However, it was revived again when prosecutors agreed to drop production in favour of a life sentence without parole.

Lawyers for Harkins beseeched to the European Court of Human Rights’ Grand Chamber of judges.

They argued his extradition wish violate articles three and six of the European Convention of Human Rights, revealing to inhuman or degrading treatment and the right to a fair trial. His legal party said that if convicted in Florida he would face a mandatory decision of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The court declared both kicks inadmissible and said its decision was final.

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Phillip took his covering to the European Court of Human Rights, where an initial appeal abandoned in 2012

It also ruled an interim measure in place to stay Harkins’ extradition should be pinched.

Harkins’ alleged victim died after being shot in the standing near a boat ramp in August 1999. After a number of efforts to block his extradition, Harkins took his case to the European Court of Anthropoid Rights, where an initial appeal failed in 2012.

He successfully petitioned for a terminating hearing but the court ruled the complaints should be declared inadmissible as they were “in the main the same” as those that were considered and rejected in 2012.

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