Extradition battle over 'onion risk'

A man attempted to avoid extradition today because his human rights could be breached by being fed "potentially life threatening" red onions in an Irish jail.

The High Court in London was told Peter Ivan Dunne, 45, had an intolerance to onions - red in particular - and could suffer a severe allergic reaction.

Two judges heard that Dunne, a convert to Judaism living in Coventry, feared there was "a real risk, or near certainty" that he would be killed "by the ingestion of red onions".

This would violate his Article 2 "right to life" under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Dunne also believed there were substantial grounds for believing he would suffer inhuman or degrading punishment through the failure of the Irish prison authorities to provide him with "a red onion-free Kosher diet", violating his Article 3 rights.

But the High Court rejected his appeal against a decision last January by District Judge Daphne Wickham at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court allowing an extradition request made by the Irish High Court.

Lord Justice Leveson and Mrs Justice Rafferty ruled there was no evidence to support his claim of the Irish prison authorities adopting "a cavalier attitude" to his allergy.

Dunne, who also goes under the name Ivan Peter Gan, is currently held at Wandsworth Prison, south-west London, and is now due to be removed to Ireland within the next few weeks.

He was convicted in October 2007 at Kilkenny circuit centre for one offence of having sexual intercourse with a mentally impaired person.

He was originally extradited to stand trial in November 2003. Twice the Irish High Court began to try him. Then on the third day of a re-trial in October 2007 he absconded and came back to England.

He was convicted in his absence and is now wanted back in Ireland for sentence, where he fears he will be jailed.

Mrs Justice Rafferty said there was no evidence of the Irish prison authorities adopting a "a cavalier attitude" to his allergy to red onions in breach of his human rights.

The judge ruled: "The absence of evidence that prison staff in Ireland will guarantee service of exclusively onion-free Kosher food does not amount to a real risk of inhuman and degrading punishment.

Lord Justice Leveson agreed, and the court also dismissed his complaints that, whilst on remand in an Irish prison in the past, "racially unpleasant" remarks had been made about the mixed-race mothers of his two children.

They also rejected allegations that, despite his need for a strict kosher diet, he had been directed by prison staff to eat pork and had been subjected to anti-Semitic remarks and religiously offensive jokes.

The judges also "unhesitatingly dismissed" his claims that he was at risk because he had become the target of Republican revenge attacks.

peopleFrankie Boyle responds to referendum result in characteristically offensive style
Life and Style
Couples have been having sex less in 2014, according to a new survey
New Articles
i100... with this review
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Holly's review of Peterborough's Pizza Express quickly went viral on social media
footballTim Sherwood: This might be th match to wake up Manchester City
Arts and Entertainment
musicHow female vocalists are now writing their own hits
New Articles
Arts and Entertainment
musicBiographer Hunter Davies has collected nearly a hundred original manuscripts
Blahnik says: 'I think I understand the English more than they do themselves'
Arts and Entertainment
Michelle Dockery as Lady Mary Crawley in Downton Abbey
TVInside Downton Abbey series 5
Life and Style
The term 'normcore' was given the oxygen of publicity by New York magazine during the autumn/winter shows in Paris in February
fashionWhen is a trend a non-trend? When it's Normcore, since you ask
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

Scrambled eggs and LSD

Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

New leading ladies of dance fight back

How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam