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Inmate left out in Irish prison yard overnight

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Cork Prison
Cork Prison

THE IRISH Prison Service has launched a major investigation into the circumstances in which an inmate at Cork Prison was left out in an exercise yard overnight.

CCTV recorded the inmate doing star-jumps to keep warm and shouting at the top of his lungs after inadvertently being left outside in the yard for 14 hours on March 2.

Sources have confirmed to the Sunday World that the inmate’s ordeal only came to an end at 7am the following morning when a prison officer heard his shouts for help.

“It appears to be the case that after being brought back from the prison from a court appearance, his return went unnoticed.

“He was allowed out in the exercise yard and somehow his presence there wasn’t picked up when the cells were locked down later in the evening,” said a source.

“The matter is being treated with the utmost seriousness by the prison authorities.”

It’s understood the inmate was on remand at the time the incident occurred, but was sentenced to six months in prison during a court appearance in Kerry the day after the incident occurred.

When contacted by the Sunday World, a spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service confirmed that an incident had occurred at Cork Prison which is now under investigation.