Wicklow man fails to overturn his extradition to US

Gary Davis is wanted in the US to face trial over his alleged involvement with a black market website

A Wicklow man has failed to overturn his extradition to the US where he is wanted to face trial over his alleged involvement with the Silk Road website.

28-year-old Gary Davis of Johnstown Court in Kiltipper could be sentenced to life in a federal prison if he’s convicted.

For $1,500 a week, the FBI believes Gary Davis helped run Silk Road – an online marketplace for drug dealers and other illicit traders.

He is facing charges of conspiring to distribute narcotics, commit computer hacking and commit money laundering.

Last August, the High Court ordered his surrender after rejecting his argument he’d be detained in an inhumane and degrading manner.

He suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, but the court was satisfied the US authorities would protect his physical and mental health.

Today, Mr Justice Alan Mahon said the Court of Appeal was not permitted to review the facts of the case.

And even if it could, he said it wouldn’t have reached a different conclusion.

The 28-year-old’s family embraced him in the dock after his appeal was dismissed.

He was then taken into custody and has 15 days to challenge the legality of his detention before his extradition order takes effect.