GARDAI were last night awaiting to see if a Limerickman who has been on the run for five days would hand himself in to the authorities and return back behind bars.
Garda sources told the Limerick Leader that the mother of Jason Frayne, 22, from Limerick city, said he would be handing himself in, after he made contact with her in recent days.
Frayne’s Facebook account also appeared to be active since his escape from custody, with one friend posting a picture of the film Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio to his page, urging him to watch it.
On Thursday last, he also wrote online: “Who else is out today haha”. Several friends have also described him as a “legend”.
Gardai told this newspaper they were not aware if Frayne had a phone or money on him when he fled the scene from Ennis District Court on Wednesday last, or whether he is still in the Mid-West at this time.
Frayne made a break for freedom through a back door of the courthouse, after he and another inmate were provided with food at around 3.15pm.
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 just outside Clarecastle a short time later.
However, Frayne, who was previously described by gardai as an “associate with a northside criminal gang, with access to firearms and a large amount of cash”, remained at large at the time of writing.
A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service also confirmed that he had not been apprehended.
Frayne, who has 46 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and the unauthorised taking of a vehicle on April 19, 2015.
He has also been charged with other serious offences in recent times but has yet to be convicted.
Frayne was also due to appear before Limerick District Court on Thursday morning last, 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.