Northampton couple likely to be flown to the United States today

Paul and Sandra Dunham PNL-140429-103742001
Paul and Sandra Dunham PNL-140429-103742001

Northampton couple Paul and Sandra Dunham are due to be extradited to the United States today (Thursday), a Metropolitan Police spokesperson has revealed.

Paul and Sandra Dunham could not halt the proceedings despite a week of desperate pleas to the Home Secretary.

They tried to take their own lives on the night of Wednesday, May 14, with a concoction of prescription drugs, rather than face ‘plainly harsh’ conditions in a Maryland detention centre, Mr Dunham said.

The couple, who are being pursued by the US Department of Justice over a claim they embezzled more than one million US dollars from a manufacturing company, are now likely to be flown to the United States today.

Mr Dunham was being held at HMP Wandsworth and Mrs Dunham at HMP Holloway after they were remanded for missing their original extradition deadline on Thursday, May 15.

A spokesperson for the couple confirmed they had been taken from their respective prisons yesterday afternoon (Wednesday)- and Metropolitan Police confirmed the couple would be departing from Heathrow today.

Close friend and neighbour Dorian Smellie, said: “It’s very upsetting for everyone concerned, particularly the family members.

“The best thing we can do now is to send all our support to Paul and Sandra.”

On Thursday the lawyer representing the couple from the firm Kaim Todner made a last desperate plea to Theresa May, to allow the Collingtree grandparents a further fortnight in the UK.

But a spokesperson for the Home Office told the Chronicle and Echo there was nothing the Home Secretary could do, saying: “Mr and Mrs Dunham have exhausted all rights under the extradition act.”

This afternoon MP for Northamptonshire South Andrea Leadsom told the Chron she had been in talks with the US embassy in London and UK embassy in Washington, to ensure the Dunhams receive fair treatment when they arrive in the US.

It is not known whether they will be taken straight from the plane to the detention centre when they land.