City woman challenges extradition bid to USA

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A WOMAN from Sheffield wanted by authorities in America over a death crash in Florida is battling extradition to stand trial.

The US authorities want Richen Turner, aged 43, to be extradited to appear at court in connection with the death of a motorist in Broward County, Florida, in October 2005.

She is accused by the US government of being over the drink-drive limit when her car cannoned into another vehicle.

According to US prosecutors Ms Turner, of Standon Road, Wincobank, Sheffield, shot a red light before her car ploughed into the side of another vehicle driven by Peter Cambra.

He died from his injuries.

Ms Turner told The Star she would make no comment while the legal case was ongoing.

In May last year, a judge at Westminster City Magistrates’ Court sanctioned her extradition - but she is now challenging that ruling at London’s High Court.

Her lawyers argue she is suicidal.

Her barrister, Ben Lloyd, presented evidence from consultant forensic psychiatrist, Gwilym Hayes, that Ms Turner is so traumatised by the prospect of an enforced return to Florida that she poses ‘a high risk of suicide’.

Arguing it would be ‘oppressive’ to extradite her more than six years after the accident, Mr Lloyd said Ms Turner has been diagnosed with depression and anxiety, is on medication, and has a previous history of self-harming.

But Peter Caldwell, for the US government, argued the risk of suicide was ‘not sufficiently great’ to block her extradition and insisted she would receive appropriate treatment in America.

Adjourning the case, Lord Justice Aikens said he felt ‘uneasy’ about dealing with the matter without further evidence on Ms Turner’s mental health and steps that could be taken to reduce any suicide risk, both in Britain and America.

Lawyers for both sides were given six weeks to file more evidence before Ms Turner’s challenge returns to the High Court.

n THE mother of a Sheffield student facing extradition to America has accused the British justice system of abandoning her son.

A court ruled on Friday that Richard O’Dwyer, aged 23, can be sent to the US for trial on copyright infringement accusations. He faces 10 years in jail if convicted of the offences in connection with a website he ran offering online links to TV shows and films.

The Sheffield Hallam University student who lives on Shoreham Street in the city centre, and whose parents live in Bolsover, has vowed to appeal the ruling.

His mum Julia O’Dwyer said: “We are not even fighting a crime here, just an extradition law. David Cameron and Nick Clegg promised before they came into power to sort this extradition mess out and so did the Attorney General.”

Sheffield Hallam MP Mr Clegg is being urged to intervene.