Wednesday 20 November 2019

Prisoner slipped out of garda cuffs and escaped

David Raleigh

A PRISONER with 88 previous convictions slipped out of a garda's handcuffs before making a break for freedom. When he was eventually re-arrested he was charged with stealing the garda handcuffs.

Christopher O'Donnell pleaded guilty to escaping from custody on August 23 this year.

He was being brought to the prison on remand from Listowel District Court when he made his escape.

"Mr O'Donnell was with other prisoners. There were gardai present. As the escort entered the curtilage of the jail, the prisoner made good his escape," Sergeant Donal Cronin told Limerick District Court.

"He had been handcuffed and on removal from the vehicle he was in, it emerged he had in fact slipped the handcuffs. He ran away and remained at large for a period of time. The State's property, the handcuffs, were not recovered."

Mr O'Donnell, who was at large for six days, was re-arrested on August 29 this year.

Irish Independent

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