Monday 23 April 2018

Two men to be charged over aiding prisoner Derek Brockwell who escaped from Tallaght Hospital

Tallaght Hospital; Derek Brockwell (inset)
Tallaght Hospital; Derek Brockwell (inset)
Independent Newsdesk

Independent Newsdesk

Gardai have charged two men in connection with the investigation into the escape from custody of prisoner Derek Brockwell from Tallaght Hospital last year.

The men , 32 and 58 years, are due to appear before Tallaght District Court this morning.

The two men were arrested in the County Meath area this morning and remain in Garda custody at Rathfarnham Garda Station.

Derek Brockwell escaped from Tallaght Hospital on February 17th 2015. He was escorted there from Portlaoise Prison for a scheduled hospital appointment.

Two prison officers were injured during the incident - one officer underwent life-saving surgery after receiving stab wounds to his stomach.

Brockwell was driven away from the hospital on a motorbike.

Brockwell was located by PSNI officers in Belfast the following evening - he was drinking outside a city centre pub at the time.

Officers tasered him and he had been treated in Royal Victoria Hospital in the city since then.


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