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Extradition over woman's murder
Helga Pfirsching
Some of Helga Pfirsching's personal belongings were found in a bin
A court has ordered the extradition of a south Wales man wanted in Germany for the murder of a woman six years ago.

Philip McNally, 49, from Neath appeared before City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.

He is accused of the rape and murder of Helga Pfirsching, 45, in 2002 as well as the theft of a kilo of gold.

Both UK and German police were involved in Mr McNally's arrest in Neath on 7 February. If no appeal is made he will be extradited within weeks.

Ms Pfirsching, 45, was found dead in her terraced home at Worms-Lieselheim in Germany in April 2002.

Personal belongings of hers, including gold necklaces, inscribed wedding rings and a gold bar worth an estimated 15,000, were later found in a rubbish bin in a car park on a nearby road.

The extradition request was unopposed by Mr McNally's defence counsel. District Judge Nicholas Evans told him: "I am formally ordering your extradition to Germany."

At the time the murder featured on the German version of BBC's Crimewatch and a reward of 6,000 was offered for information leading to an arrest.

Witnesses also helped detectives to create an identikit picture of the suspected murderer which was released across the country in a bid to catch the killer.

South Wales Police, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, Metropolitan Police and German police authorities all took part in the operation.

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