Limerick escapee back behind bars serving sentence

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A LIMERICK man who escaped from custody earlier this year received a six months prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to the offence.

A LIMERICK man who escaped from custody earlier this year received a six months prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to the offence.

Christopher O’Donnell, aged 26, who has addresses in Garryowen and Moyross escaped outside the gates of Limerick Prison on August 20, last when he and another man were being transported by Galway-based gardai to the prison.

The pair had been remanded in custody earlier in the day after they appeared in court charged in connection with the theft of a car.

O’Donnell, who also admitted stealing a pair of handcuffs, was apprehended five days later in the Fedamore area of County Limerick.

At Limerick Court, solicitor Ted McCarthy said his client “just saw an opportunity and took it”.

He said he is currently serving a sentence at Cork Prison for separate offences.

“He has behaved himself very well and he is attending counselling,” he said.

Judge Eugene O’Kelly imposed a six month prison sentence on O’Donnell for escaping from lawful custody.

He did not impose a penalty in relation to the theft charge, commenting: “I take the benign view that he had become attached to them.”

O’Donell’s bid for freedom happened exactly a year after he escaped from the custody of prison officers as he was receiving medical treatment at the Mid Western Regional Hospital.