A man has been extradited from Spain and charged with the murder of a 28-year-old council worker who was shot in the back garden of her home in Liverpool.
Ian Fitzgibbon, 28, was charged with the murder of Ashley Dale, who was found with a gunshot wound in the back garden of her home in the Old Swan neighbourhood on 21 August last year.
Fitzgibbon was arrested by the Spanish National Police and extradited from Spain, with the support of the NCA’s National Extradition Unit, on Thursday afternoon on a Trade and Co-operation agreement, Merseyside Police said.
Fitzgibbon, from St Helens, has also been charged with conspiracy to murder Lee Harrison, possession of a prohibited weapon, namely a Skorpion sub machine gun pistol and associated ammunition with intent to endanger life, and conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon namely a Skorpion sub machine gun and associated ammunition.
He will appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Sean Zeisz, 27, Niall Barry, 26, James Witham, 41, and Joseph Peers, 28, have also been charged with Ms Dale’s murder and are due to stand trial on 2 October.
Ms Dale, who worked as an environmental health officer for Knowsley Council, was one of three victims who died within one week during a spate of fatal shootings in Liverpool last year.
Nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel was killed in the nearby district of Dovecot less than 48 hours after Ms Dale was shot, on 22 August.
On 16 August, 22-year-old Sam Rimmer was killed after being shot by a group of men on bikes in Lavrock Bank cul-de-sac at around 11.40pm. Police performed CPR until the ambulance arrived, but Mr Rimmer died of his injuries.