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Extradition of 'Lying eyes' hitman adjourned until May

Extradition proceedings of the Las Vegas croupier hired by Sharon Collins to kill her husband are adjourned for two months.

Image: Essam Eid

THE HIGH COURT has adjourned extradition proceedings against the Las Vegas card dealer who was hired by Sharon Collins to murder her husband and two sons.

Essam Eid, an Egyptian-born poker dealer by profession who was hired by Collins over email from a ‘lyingeyes89′ email account, is serving a six-year sentence in Ireland for extortion after he demanded €100,000 from Collins’ husband, PJ Howard, to ‘buy him out’ of his contract to kill him and his sons.

He had been contacted by Collins, who denied she was the person using the Lying Eyes email account, through a ‘hitman for hire’ website where he went under the name Tony Luciano.

Eid was due for release next week, after his six-year sentence was backdated to the date of his initial arrest in 2006.

Today, US authorities went to court to seek his extradition with outstanding extortion charges in the United States, but RTÉ News says the case was adjourned until May 4.

One of the charges against him names his partner Teresa Engle, who gave evidence against him for the prosecution during the Collins’ trial.

He will be remanded in custody until that date.

Collins is currently appealing her own six-year sentence for conspiracy to murder.

Read more at RTÉ News >

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