Suspect escapes from custody in Limerick garda station

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

Mayorstone garda station
A YOUNG man who escaped from Mayorstone garda station during a consultation with his solicitor is back behind bars in Limerick Prison.

A YOUNG man who escaped from Mayorstone garda station during a consultation with his solicitor is back behind bars in Limerick Prison.

Ger McCarthy, aged 21, of Sexton Street North told gardai “I had to get away from ye,” when he was apprehended yesterday morning.

During a special sitting of Limerick District Court last night, Garda Chris Brennan said the defendant was being questioned in relation to a burglary offence on Saturday evening when he requested a private consultation with his solicitor John Devane.

During the consultation, which took place in a ground-floor interview room, Mr McCarthy forced open a window and climbed out.

Mr Devane told the court that he did try to stop his client from climbing out the window but had been unable to do so.

“I did try,” he said.

Garda Brennan said Mr McCarthy fled from the garda station but was located hiding in the back garden of a house at DeValera Park, Thomondgate at around 10.15am yesterday.

Opposing a bail application, Garda Brennan said the defendant was arrested following a foot pursuit which lasted for several minutes.

Addressing the court, Mr McCarthy said the only reason he escaped from the garda station was so he can attend his daughter’s Christening next week.

“I just wanted to get out for my child’s Christening,” he said telling Judge Eugene O’Kelly: “I will not mess up if you give me this chance.”

However, Judge O’Kelly said he was not willing to grant bail and he remanded the defendant in custody until tomorrow.

Mr McCarthy reacted angrily to the judge’s decision shouting expletives at the judge and gardai, who had to physically restrain him.

When he refused to stop, Judge O’Kelly sentenced him to seven days imprisonment for contempt of court. He imposed a further seven day sentence as he continued shouting and roaring.

“Mr McCarthy comes in here pretending to the court he sweet as pie but as soon as things go against him we see his true side,” he commented.