Father and son charged with helping armed thief Derek Brockwell escape

Father and son charged with helping armed thief Derek Brockwell escape

A father and son have appeared in court charged with helping an armed robber escape from custody last February.

Derek Brockwell (pictured) went on the run after attacking two prison officers who had escorted him to a medical appointment in Dublin.

At the time of his escape on February 17 last, Derek Brockwell was serving a significant sentence in Portlaoise Prison for a spate of robberies across Dublin in 2012.

He was escorted to Tallaght Hospital by three prison guards, two of whom were stabbed after he somehow got his hands on a blade. He then made good his escape on the back of a waiting motorbike.

The notorious criminal, who was on the run from UK authorities when he was arrested in Ireland, was recaptured the next day after he was caught drinking a pint outside a pub in Belfast (scene pictured below).

Father and son charged with helping armed thief Derek Brockwell escape

Today, gardaí arrested 58-year-old James Donohue and his son Alan, who is 32. They were charged with aiding a prisoner escape from lawful custody, and brought to separate court sittings in Dublin and Navan.

The men, who both live at St Oliver’s Park in Ratoath, Co Meath, were granted bail and are due back in court next month.


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