Bolsover student can be extradited

A STUDENT from Derbyshire can be extradited to America to face trial over copyright infringement accusations, a court has ruled.

Lawyers and the mother of Richard O’Dwyer, 23, yesterday vowed to appeal the ruling which means he could be sent to the US and, if convicted, face jail.

The Sheffield Hallam University student from Bolsover created a website which helped people watch films and TV shows for free, allegedly earning thousands of pounds through advertising before it was closed.

In court his lawyer, Ben Cooper, argued the site did not store copyright material itself and only directed users to other sites in the same way that global search engine Google does.

But District Judge Quentin Purdy ruled at Westminster Magistrates’ Court that the extradition requested by US authorities could go ahead.

See Thursday’s Derbyshire Times for more on this story.