Alleged escapee found after manhunt

A Limerick man has appeared in court charged with escaping from lawful custody.

Christopher O’Donnell, of West Singland Rd, Garryowen, was arrested in the early hours of yesterday, almost a week after gardaí launched a manhunt in Limerick City.

Last Thursday, gardaí began searching for Mr O’Donnell after he allegedly fled from outside Limerick Prison.

Mr O’Donnell, aged 25, was arrested on the outskirts of Limerick City at about 2am yesterday and later appeared before Limerick District Court.

Mr O’Donnell, a married father of three, was charged with escaping from lawful custody and stealing a garda’s handcuffs in the Mulgrave St area on Aug 23.

Garda Philip O’Sullivan said the accused gave no reply when charged at Roxboro Garda Station.

Solicitor John Herbert was assigned and made a bail application which was opposed by gardaí.

Judge John O’Neill said no justification had been given for granting bail and remanded Mr O’Donnell in custody for a court appearance next Tuesday.


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