Murder suspect is set to be extradited to Spain

IPSWICH: Murder suspect Christopher Chittock is expected to be extradited to Spain by September 20.

Chittock, of Alnesbourn Crescent, Ipswich, had until yesterday to appeal against his extradition to Spain, permission for which was granted at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 3.

The 36-year-old is the prime suspect in the murder investigation into the death of his live-in girlfriend Sarah Shields.

The 23-year-old’s body was discovered on July 7, in the water off the southern coast of Gran Canaria during their two-week holiday on the island.

A spokesman for the Court of Appeal in London yesterday confirmed Chittock had not challenged the extradition order.

Now the process to fly the father-of-one to Spain for questioning under a European Arrest Warrant can begin.

It is understood the Serious Organised Crime Agency will liaise with the Spanish authorities who will have ten days to submit a travel plan to Suffolk Constabulary and make arrangements to pick Chittock up. Once everything is in place Chittock will be taken to the relevant airport by Suffolk officers and the handover to Spanish police will be made.

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If charges are to follow, Chittock will face trial in Spain.

Chittock was charged with perverting the course of justice, although that accusation has now been dropped in order to pave the way for his extradition.

He remains on Suffolk police bail on suspicion of Miss Shields’ murder until September 15, although this is believed to be a technicality.

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