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Mother closer to being extradited

Corinna Reid
Corinna Reid is to appeal the ruling next month

The mother of a toddler who died after ingesting drugs on holiday is closer to being extradited to Spain to stand trial for allegedly killing him.

Corinna Reid, 33, is wanted by the Spanish authorities to face charges over the death of her son, Aiden Cormack-Reid in Tenerife two years ago.

Her case is now in the hands of Scottish ministers after a sheriff recommended she be extradited.

Aiden's father Robert Cormack, 38, was transported to Spain on Thursday.

Mr Cormack agreed to his extradition last week.

As regards the question as to whether your rights to private and family life outweigh the allegation I have come to the decision that they do not
Sheriff Frank Crowe
Edinburgh Sheriff Court
Spanish prosecutors want the couple, from Edinburgh, to stand trial for "manslaughter (or murder)" of their late 16-month-old son.

Ms Reid's lawyer, Ewen Roy, argued that extraditing her would breach her human rights because she is nursing the couple's six-month-old daughter.

At Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Sheriff Frank Crowe ruled there were not "exceptional circumstances" to prevent her being handed over to Spain.

"The sole issue that I have to consider is whether your extradition would be compatible with your Article 8 rights as a nursing mother of a six-month-old daughter," said the sheriff.

"As regards the question as to whether your rights to private and family life outweigh the allegation I have come to the decision that they do not and accordingly I have answered the case in the affirmative that there should be extradition in this case.

"I am required to send your case to Scottish ministers for the final decision on whether you will be extradited to Spain to face the charge along with Mr Cormack."

Mr Roy said his client intended to appeal the decision at the High Court next month.

Ms Reid declined to comment as she left court with family members.

Toxicology reports

She had been allowed to remain on bail until the case is resolved but is allowed only supervised access to her daughter, who is staying with Mr Cormack's mother.

The offence is alleged to have taken place at the Hotel Paraiso Floral de Adeje in Tenerife on 12 January 2007.

Spanish authorities initially told the couple Aiden died due to respiratory failure brought on by bronchitis and allowed them to return home to Edinburgh.

But further toxicology reports carried out last year found the toddler had prescribed methadone and diazepam in his system.

The couple were told of the results and questioned last April and a European arrest warrant was issued for them.

If found guilty of murder, they could face a maximum 20 year jail sentence, or 15 years for manslaughter.

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