Jailed for 'brazen escape' from Limerick garda station


David Hurley


David Hurley

Jailed for 'brazen escape' from Limerick garda station

Ger McCarthy escaped from an interview room at Mayorstone garda station

A YOUNG man who escaped from a busy garda station in Limerick during a ‘private consultation’ with his solicitor has been sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment.

Gerard McCarthy, aged 22, of Sexton Street North, Thomondgate, pleaded guilty to escaping from lawful custody on September 13, 2014.

Garda Chris Brennan told Limerick Circuit Court the defendant was arrested shortly after midday and was taken to Mayorstone garda station for questioning.

However, such was his level of intoxication, he could not be interviewed for several hours.

McCarthy’s solicitor, John Devane, arrived at the garda station at around 8.40pm and during a consultation, the defendant, forced open a small window in the interview room and climbed.

Garda Brennan told John O’Sullivan BL, prosecuting,  that Mr Devane attempted to alert gardai by ringing the garda station on his mobile phone - telling his client he was ringing his wife.

While Mr Devane did not make a formal statement about the incident, Mr O’Sullivan said he “behaved completely appropriately at all pertinent times”.

Judge Tom O’Donnell was told the defendant was observed in the forecourt of Topaz, Thomondgate at around 10am the following day and that he was apprehended a short time later while hiding under a bush at the rear of a nearby house

Garda Brennan said he recovered a black-handled pen knife when he searched McCarthy.

Jack Nicholas BL said his client who has a “skittish personality” told gardai “I had to get away from ye” when he was apprehended.

He said client, who is a chronic heroin addict, had panicked and that he has since apologised for his action.He said McCarthy, who has 79 previous convictions, is a “completely different person” when sober and that he hopes to address his addictions.

Imposing sentence, Judge O’Donnell noted the defendant was placed in foster care at a young age and had a difficult upbringing.

He described the offence as brazen and commented it was ironic that it occurred when he was consulting with his solicitor.