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Prisoner holds 'shiv' to neck of female solicitor at family law court

Dolphin House in Dublin city centre
Dolphin House in Dublin city centre

A prisoner attending a family law court hearing in Dublin's Dolphin House grabbed his female solicitor and held a 'shiv' to her throat in what is being dubbed a 'doomed bid to escape'.

The prisoner, who can't be named as he is on remand facing serious charges before another court, was in attendance for a family law matter when the terrifying incident took place.

It is understood the man produced a makeshift weapon or 'shiv', believed to have been made of perspex, and held it to the throat of his solicitor.

It is believed the prisoner was making what sources say was a 'doomed bid to escape'.

Sources have told the Sunday World that the man was quickly wrestled to the ground and subdued by officers at the scene and returned to custody.

The Irish Prison Service confirmed to the Sunday World this afternoon that an incident did take place at Dolphin House but they could not confirm if the solicitor or any prison officers were injured in the incident.