Thursday 22 February 2018

Fugitive brothers did have help escaping, say gardai

Caroline Crawford and Tom Brady

Prison authorities and gardai are now satisfied that two Romanian brothers, who escaped from Castlerea jail on Monday morning, scaled the perimeter wall with help from accomplices on the outside.

Gardai have been in contact with the PSNI and police in Romania and Britain as part of the manhunt, while descriptions of the pair are also being distributed through Europol.

It emerged yesterday that one of the brothers had previously threatened a garda and resisted arrest.

Toader Feirer (23) was found guilty of resisting Garda Pat Fahy and threatening and abusive behaviour at The Crescent in Galway city on November 20, 2011.

He and his older brother Vasile (29) had been serving sentences of close to two years when they absconded from the Grove residential area of Castlerea Prison in Co Roscommon on Monday morning. The pair had been convicted of stealing from parking meters in Galway.

As the manhunt continues, gardai carried out further searches around the prison. Officers also kept an eye on the pair's former Dublin home on Portland Street.

Sources believe that the pair may have made their way to Northern Ireland in the hope of travelling on to Britain.

News of their escape and letter of apology, which read "Sorry but we had no choice", has made international headlines.

Prison officers are also continuing to investigate how the two managed to abscond from the prison.

Irish Independent

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