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Jailbreak Cork man hands himself in after being released from prison by mistake

Because of the error in the ‌prison‌ ‌system‌, it was calculated‌ ‌that‌ ‌O’Donoghue‌ ‌was‌ ‌entitled‌ ‌to‌ ‌remission‌


A Cork man who handed himself in after he was released from prison by mistake is back behind bars. 

Craig‌ ‌O’Donoghue‌ ‌of‌ ‌Killala‌ ‌Court,‌ ‌Knocknaheeney‌, had been handed down a ‌two‌ -month sentence ‌on‌ July‌ ‌21 for ‌failing ‌to‌ ‌give‌ ‌evidence‌ ‌at‌ ‌a‌ ‌trial‌ ‌in‌ ‌connection‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌death‌ ‌of‌ ‌Cameron‌ ‌Blair.

‌O’Donoghue‌ had been jailed by‌ ‌the‌ ‌Central‌ ‌Criminal‌ ‌Court for contempt of court but was later released in error from Cork Prison.

O’Donoghue‌ and Darragh‌ ‌O’Connor‌ ‌of‌ ‌Deermount,‌ ‌Deerpark‌ ‌had‌ ‌gone‌ ‌on‌ ‌holiday‌ ‌to‌ ‌Ayia‌ ‌Napa‌ ‌instead‌ ‌of‌ ‌giving‌ ‌evidence‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌trial‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌teenager‌ ‌who‌ ‌committed‌ ‌violent‌ ‌disorder‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌scene‌ ‌of‌ ‌Mr‌ ‌Blair’s‌ ‌murder.‌

Both‌ ‌men‌ ‌were‌ ‌sentenced‌ ‌to‌ two‌ ‌months‌ ‌in‌ ‌prison. But because of the error in the ‌prison‌ ‌system‌, it was calculated‌ ‌that‌ ‌O’Donoghue‌ ‌was‌ ‌entitled‌ ‌to‌ ‌remission‌ ‌as‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌case‌ ‌for‌ ‌convicted‌ ‌prisoners.‌ ‌

However,‌ ‌remission‌ ‌does‌ ‌not‌ ‌apply‌ ‌for‌ ‌anybody‌ ‌jailed‌ ‌for‌ ‌contempt.‌

O’Donoghue‌ ‌was‌ ‌subsequently released last‌ ‌week‌ ‌but‌ when the‌ ‌error‌ ‌was‌ ‌‌discovered‌ ‌‌gardaí‌ ‌were alerted.‌ ‌

The‌‌ Irish‌ ‌Examiner‌ said they ‌understand‌ ‌that‌ ‌gardaí‌ ‌called‌ ‌to‌ ‌his‌ ‌family‌ ‌home‌ ‌on‌ ‌Sunday‌ ‌night‌ ‌to ‌re-arrest ‌him‌.

He was ‌‌not‌ ‌present at the address at that time but the following morning,‌ ‌he‌ ‌turned‌ ‌up‌ ‌of‌ ‌his‌ ‌own‌ ‌volition‌ ‌at‌ ‌Cork‌ ‌Prison‌ ‌to‌ ‌be‌ ‌re-committed.‌ ‌

“The‌ ‌general‌ ‌office‌ ‌in‌ ‌Dublin‌ ‌made‌ ‌the‌ ‌mistake,”‌ ‌one‌ ‌source‌ ‌said, according to the Examiner. “But‌ ‌he’s‌ ‌back‌ ‌inside‌ ‌now‌ ‌serving‌ ‌the‌ ‌full‌ ‌sentence.”‌

sundayworld.com has asked the Irish Prison Service for comment.

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