Student can be extradited to the USA

Student: Richard O'Dwyer. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Student: Richard O'Dwyer. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
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A SHEFFIELD student has vowed to appeal a court ruling to have him extradited to America to face trial over copyright infringement accusations.

If convicted, Richard O’Dwyer, aged 23, could face 10 years in jail.

The Sheffield Hallam University student said he was being made a ‘guinea pig’ by US authorities.

District Judge Quentin Purdy ruled at Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday afternoon the extradition could go ahead.

Richard said: “I am disappointed with the decision. The judge didn’t explain his reasons very well. We will take this to the high court. I just want to continue with my university degree. I’m not going to let the US affect my university work.”

The computer science student, who lives on Shoreham Street in Sheffield, created a website that helped people watch films and TV shows for free. He allegedly earned thousands of pounds through advertising before it was closed.

His lawyers argued the site did not store copyright material and merely pointed users to other sites, like Google.

His lawyers and his mother Julia O’Dwyer, of Bolsover, confirmed they will appeal. Julia, who, burst into tears after the hearing, added: “Richard is not going to go for a trial there whatever happens.”