Friday, 10 July 2009

The Prisoner Who Thought He Knew His Onions

A sex attacker who absconded during his trial in October 2007 at Kilkenny circuit centre in Ireland, and then later arrested in England, claimed he could not be extradited because he was allergic to onions and would die if he eats them in prison food.

Peter Ivan Dunne claimed that the danger of a reaction, especially to red onions, meant his human rights would be breached if he was sent to an Irish prison because it could not guarantee his meals were free from onions.

Red onions? Are Irish prison cooks that cheffy?

He told two judges at the High Court in London that his experience of Irish prison food proved there was 'a real risk, or near certainty' his dietary needs would be 'routinely ignored'.
This would violate his Article 2 'right to life' under the European Convention on Human Rights.

The judges rejected his appeal against last January's decision to allow the Irish High Court's extradition request.

If they had upheld his appeal, I can well imagine that before sentencing, all convicted prisoners would have to be offered a list of menus for their approval!

At least, I could never be extradited to France, I hate Mayonnaise!

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