A PRISONER who escaped from custody at Limerick District Court earlier today is back behind bars.
The man, who is aged in 20s, appeared before the court this morning after a bench warrant for his arrest was executed.
When the case was called, Judge Mary Larkin was told a committal warrant was also being executed and that the man would be taken to Limerick Prison.
Shortly after midday - around an hour after his case had been dealt with - the man jumped over a six-foot glass partition which separates the custody area from the main body of the courtroom.
After vaulting the partition, the man then jumped over a number of empty seats in the public gallery before leaving the packed courtroom via a rear door.
He was pursued by gardai and prison officers and was apprehended near St Mary’s Cathedral a short time later.
The committal warrant has since been executed and the man is back in custody at Limerick Prison.