Nine months for man who escaped from outside Limerick Prison

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

AN escaped prisoner who was apprehended after he walked into a packed courtroom wearing sunglasses has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

AN escaped prisoner who was apprehended after he walked into a packed courtroom wearing sunglasses has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

Christopher Curtin, 18, of Railway House, Old Cork Road escaped along with another man outside the gates of Limerick Prison on February 15 last.

The pair were being returned to the Mulgrave Street jail at the time having earlier appeared in court.

Curtin was arrested two days later - on April 17 - when he arrived at Limerick Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing in relation to a burglary offence.

“He was there in answer to his bail and he walked in and took a seat at the back of the court,” said solicitor Sarah Ryan who described the escape as a “hairbrained” idea.

At Limerick District Court, Curtin pleaded guilty to escaping and to stealing a pair of garda handcuffs.

Sgt Donal Cronin said it was “not the most sophisticated or daring escape plan” and he told the court the handcuffs have not been recovered.

Judge Eamon O’Brien was told the defendant received a three-year- prison sentence since he escaped and Ms Ryan urged him not to add to that sentence.

The judge imposed a nine month sentence, which he backdated to February 17, last.

A brother of the accused man, - Jason Curtin, 20, of Railway House, Old Cork Road - is currently before the court charged in connection with the same incident.