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Couple arrested on suspicion of helping prisoner Derek Brockwell escape from Tallaght Hospital


Derek Brockwell

Derek Brockwell


Derek Brockwell

A man and a woman have been arrested by gardai investigating the escape of prisoner Derek Brockwell from custody last month.

Derek Brockwell escaped from Tallaght Hospital on February 17th. He was escorted there from Portlaoise Prison for a scheduled hospital appointment.

Two prison officers were injured during the incident - one officer underwent life-saving surgery after receiving stab wounds to his stomach.

Brockwell was driven away from the hospital on a motorbike.

Brockwell was located by PSNI officers in Belfast the following evening - he was drinking outside a city centre pub at the time.

Officers tasered him and he was treated in the Royal Victoria Hospital. He is now in custody.

On Tuesday morning detectives from Tallaght arrested the couple in Ashbourne, Co Meath, on suspicion of helping Brockwell escape and move across the border to Belfast.

The couple are currently being questioned by gardai in Tallaght.

Source Irish Independent

Belfast Telegraph