Female prisoner escapes from courthouse just before her hearing
A PRISONER escaped from custody at the Courthouse in Ennis earlier today and remains at large.
The female prisoner was in the custody of the Irish Prison Service and was due to appear at a hearing today.
Gardai were notified of the prisoner’s escape and she has yet to be recaptured.
The woman (28) was brought from Limerick Prison to Ennis where theft charges were to be put to her before she made her escape.
A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service said that the matter will be investigated by the governor of the prison escort service.
“We can confirm that a prisoner has escaped from custody in Ennis today,” he said.
“The Gardai were notified and the matter will be investigated fully,” he added.
Two male prisoners had escaped from the same courthouse last summer.
Both had their cases dealt with and were being returned to the prison cells below the courtroom when they escaped.
Jason Freyne (22) fled through the back door moments after 18-year-old Keith Garrihy of Beechgrove, Newmarket on Fergus walked out of the door and ran through a gate.
Garrihy was recaptured later that day but Freyne, of Ash Avenue, Carew Park, Limerick, remained at large for a six days before turning himself in.