Limerick man still at large after court escape

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Gardai are still seeking Jason Freyne following his escape from Ennis court on Thursday
A LIMERICKMAN remains on the run, after fleeing from Ennis District Court yesterday where he faced charges of driving a stolen vehicle.

A LIMERICKMAN remains on the run, after fleeing from Ennis District Court yesterday where he faced charges of driving a stolen vehicle.

Two inmates of Limerick Prison made a break for freedom through a back door of the courthouse as they were being provided with food around 3.15pm on Wednesday.

The prisoners were remanded in custody to appear before the court. Both had their cases dealt with and were being returned to the prison cells when they escaped.

Keith Garrihy, 18, from Beechgrove in Newmarket on Fergus, was recaptured yesterday just outside Clarecastle.

However, Jason Freyne, 22, from Limerick city, who was previously described by gardai as an “associate with a northside criminal gang, with access to firearms and a large amount of cash”, remains at large.

A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service confirmed that he had not been apprehended as of this Thursday afternoon.

Freyne, who has 46 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and the unauthorised taking of a vehicle on April 19, 2015.

In September 2013, he was also charged with possession of a handgun and ammunition in Maigue Way, Carew Park, in Southill.

After his arrest, his reply to one of those charges was: “That’s nothing got to do with me and you can shove your charge sheet up your hole”.

Investigations by gardai and the prison service into the incident are underway.

Freyne was also due to appear before Limerick District Court this morning, but Judge Mary Larkin heard that there was no appearance and was asked by his solicitor and Inspector Ronan McDonagh to adjourn the matter generally.