Escaped prisoner is back behind bars at Limerick Prison

David Hurley

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David Hurley

An inmate at Limerick Prison who dramatically escaped from custody almost a fortnight ago is back behind bars after he being apprehended by gardai earlier today.

An inmate at Limerick Prison who dramatically escaped from custody almost a fortnight ago is back behind bars after he being apprehended by gardai earlier today.

The prisoner, who is aged in his early 20s, escaped while he was receiving medical treatment at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle on August 29 last.

The Irish Prison Service says investigations are continuing into the circumstances of the escape. However, it is understood that a prisoner officer was knocked over by the inmate before he ran away despite the efforts of other prison officers to stop him.

Gardai from across the city, had been searching for the man since they were informed of his escape and a garda spokesman confirmed he was located and arrested in the Childers Road area of the city at lunchtime this Wednesday.

Following his arrest, the man was immediately returned to Limerick Prison on Mulgrave Street.

The inmate, who is from the north side of Limerick city, is serving a lengthy sentence in relation to a burglary offence and he was not due for release until next May.