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Thursday 8 December 2016

Prisoner remained at large for 19 months

Wheatfield Prison
Wheatfield Prison

A PRISONER on temporary release from a sentence did not return to sign on, but was not arrested for another 19 months, a court heard.

Billy Green (26) was obliged to sign on as part of his terms of release from Wheatfield Prison but failed to do this for the last two days of his sentence and was unlawfully at large as a result.

Jailing him for a month, Judge David McHugh said Green had a "cavalier attitude" to his release conditions.

Green, a father-of-four of Thornton Heights, Inchicore, pleaded guilty to "being unlawfully at large in that he broke the conditions of his release."

Blanchardstown District Court heard he was granted temporary release on August 12, 2013 and was found by gardai at Stocking Hill, Stocking Avenue, Dublin 16 on April 2 this year.

Convictions

He was returned to the prison that day. The court heard he had a large number of prior convictions. The prosecuting garda said Green was given a five-month sentence in 2013.

Defence barrister Jennifer Jackson said there had been only two days remaining. Green could not remember why he did not sign on, but gardai had "ample opportunity" to arrest him prior to the date that they did, Ms Jackson said.

The judge said Green had "kept his head down for whatever reason".

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