Friday 23 February 2018

Manhunt for escaped prisoner over after gardai locate him in city centre

Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght Hospital

Ken Foy Crime Correspondent

A young man who fled from custody while at Tallaght Hospital was arrested by gardai at 4am today.

The incident came less than two months after the high-profile escape of violent inmate Derek Brockwell who was brought to the same facility for treatment.

The 23-year-old west-Dublin man who had been the subject of the latest manhunt was arrested in the north inner city this morning for possession of an offensive weapon and then brought to Store Street Garda Station.

He is expected to appear in court later.

Read more here: Second prisoner escapes from custody after visit to hospital 

Unlike the Brockwell case, the suspect was in the custody of gardai and not the prison service when he attended Tallaght Hospital for a surgical procedure.

The bizarre incident took place at 3.20am on Tuesday when the Ronanstown man simply ran out of the facility.

Read more here: Prisons face disruption as officers plan 'work to rule' 

He had earlier been picked up by officers on a bench warrant in the Lucan area.

No violence was used during this week’s escape and sources said that gardai believe the 23-year-old was acting on his own and nobody is suspected of helping

The hospital he escaped from was at the centre of an international news story in February after the dramatic escape of savage thug Brockwell.

On the afternoon of his escape, Brockwell held a knife that had been left for him in a toilet by an accomplice in the diabetic unit of the hospital.

Read more here: Midlands Prison attacks leave three officers in hospital 

The notorious armed robber spent some 30 hours on the run before being arrested by the PSNI outside a pub in Belfast.

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