Prisoner escapes from garda custody following Longford Court appearance

Gardaí are investigating an incident in which a man who appeared at yesterday’s sitting (Tuesday March 6) of Longford District Court escaped from a patrol car in Ballyfermot while being transferred to a Dublin prison on a committal warrant.

Gardaí are investigating an incident in which a man who appeared at yesterday’s sitting (Tuesday March 6) of Longford District Court escaped from a patrol car in Ballyfermot while being transferred to a Dublin prison on a committal warrant.

The man, who appeared at Longford District Court yesterday charged in connection with a theft charge, escaped from garda custody when the vehicle he was travelling in was set upon by a number of men and is now deemed to be “unlawfully at large” by gardaí.

The prisoner, who was released on bail following his appearance in Longford District Court on Tuesday, had been served with a committal warrant in respect of a separate matter.

“An incident occurred at approximately 4:45pm yesterday [Tuesday] in which two gardaí sustained minor injuries when they were attacked in Ballyfermot while transporting a prisoner,” a garda spokesperson said.

“The Press Office can confirm that the prisoner did appear at Longford District Court on Tuesday and he is now unlawfully at large. Gardaí are investigating the incident,” the spokesperson added.