IT could be several years before a convicted gunman is brought back to the UK to start his 18-year jail sentence.
Bradley Okoro went on the run in March last year after he was charged with attempting to murder Sheffield man Damian Munroe in Huddersfield town centre.
23-year-old Okoro, of New Hey Road in Oakes, was not at Bradford Crown Court when a jury found him guilty last October or when he was later sentenced.
His whereabouts remained a mystery for another 10 months. But, as reported in the Examiner last month, he was then tracked down in a Spanish jail.
It emerged he had been arrested in August on suspicion of drugs trafficking and had been remanded in prison in Seville.
Acting Det Chief Insp Andy Parr, who is leading attempts to bring Okoro home, said a date for his return to the UK had not yet been set.
“It is not clear what the situation is,” he said.
“We have not been able to bring him back yet because of a number of legal issues.
“We are waiting to find out from the Spanish authorities if he is serving a sentence.
“If he is, then it could be a number of years before we are able to bring him back.
“We should know more in the next few days.”
Okoro was one of three men involved in the shooting at Cross Church Street in the early hours of April 22, 2006.
He fired at Mr Munroe, then 28, through the window of the car he was sitting in.
Okoro then ran off with accomplices James Collier, now 28, of Stoney Cross Street, Taylor Hill and Carl Hughes, now 32, of Abbey Road, Fartown.
Mr Munroe escaped serious injury.
Collier and Hughes were acquitted of attempted murder but found guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, violent disorder and possessing a firearm. They were sentenced to 11 and 10 years in prison respectively.