Man charged over Derek Brockwell prison escape
A MAN has appeared in court charged with helping an armed robber escape from lawful custody.
This morning, James Donoghue (58), appeared before Tallaght District Court accused of aiding and betting the escape of Derek Brockwell, contrary to the Criminal Law Act, 1976.
The incident allegedly took place at Tallaght hospital on February 17, 2015.
Brockwell, a UK national, had been serving a seven-year sentence in Portlaoise Prison for armed robbery in 2012.
Gardai said that Mr Donoghue, of St Oliver's Park in Ratoath, Co Meath, is facing trial by judge and jury in the Circuit Court on the charge.
Judge Patricia McNamara remanded the accused on bail to appear again before Tallaght District Court on a date in February.
Garda Aine Bolton said Mr Donoghue was arrested at 7am this morning an taken to Rathfarnham Garda Station where he was charged at 10.59am.
Gda Bolton said the accused was handed a true copy of the charge sheet and he made no reply to the charge after caution.
The garda said she had no objection to bail, subject to a number of conditions.
Judge McNamara remanded Mr Donoghue on bail in his own bond of €200.
As part of his bail conditions, he must surrender his passport and not apply for new travel documentation. He must also sign on twice a week at Ashbourne Garda Station.
Defence barrister Barry Murphy applied for free legal aid, saying Mr Donoghue is unemployed and on social welfare.
Judge McNamara assigned solicitor Declan Fahy on free legal aid.
Gda Bolton said the DPP has directed trial on indictment in the Circuit Court on the charge and Judge McNamara remanded Mr Donoghue on bail to appear before Tallaght court again on February 19 for the service of the book of evidence.