Escape from Newcastle West court was 'premeditated'

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Escape from Newcastle West court was 'premeditated'

Lysaght’s girlfriend started a “racket” and he escaped from Newcastle West courthouse while paperwork was being finalised

THE MAN who escaped from garda custody and ran off from Newcastle West court house last February was only recaptured a number of weeks ago.

Now Brian Lysaght, 27 De Valera Place, Charleville must serve a further two months in jail, Judge Marie Keane ordered last Thursday when she convicted him for escaping from custody last February 18.

About 1.15pm on that day, Inspector Brian O’Donovan told the court, Lysaght had been sentenced to three months’ imprisonment for driving without insurance.After being convicted he was sitting in the court room with his girlfriend who “ kicked up a bit of a racket ” and while gardai were trying to deal with that, Lysaght made good his escape.

Gardai called to his home a number of times but Lysaght managed to evade re-arrest until a few weeks ago, the inspector explained. It had taken up and wasted a lot of garda time, he said.

“It wasn’t a case of running out the door. He was waiting around,” solicitor Michael O’Donnell said, in defence of his client.

“What bit of being sentenced didn’t he understand?” Judge Marie Keane asked. The paperwork was being finalised at the time, the inspector explained. 

“I note there is a plea but I cannot ignore the fact he evaded the attention of gardai for a number of weeks. There was clear premeditation on this matter,” the judge said.