A MAN who is awaiting trial on robbery and false imprisonment charges made a dramatic bid for freedom at a vacation sitting of Limerick District court this Wednesday morning.
The man, who is aged in his early twenties was due to appear before the court after he was remanded in custody when he appeared in court a week ago.
The prisoner was brought into a holding area in the courtroom in advance of the court sitting and just after 11am he jumped over a six-foot perspex wall and ran out the rear entrance of the courtroom..
Gardai who were present in the vicinity of the busy courtroom immediately pursued the man on foot as he ran off in the direction of Nicholas Street.
He was arrested a short time later and he appeared before the court just over an hour later.
No reference was made to his attempted bid for freedom during the brief hearing and it is unclear if the 22-year-old will face criminal charges in relation to the incident.
The defendant was remanded in custody until August 31 next.