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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Prison escapee Derek Brockwell sent to English jail

Derek Brockwell who has been returned to the UK
Derek Brockwell who has been returned to the UK

Violent prisoner Derek Brockwell was discharged from hospital in Northern Ireland and transferred to a prison in England yesterday morning.

The development happened just hours after three people, including a convicted killer, who were being questioned on suspicion of helping him to escape from Tallaght Hospital last month, were released from garda custody.

Brockwell staged a high-profile escape from the Dublin hospital on February 17 last when two prison officers were stabbed.

Brockwell has been getting treatment in the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast since his arrest. It is understood that he stabbed himself in an incident when the PSNI tasered him outside a pub in Belfast after he carried out two robberies in the city.

In a statement yesterday, Superintendent Paula Hillman said: "PSNI can confirm that Derek Brockwell, who was unlawfully at large from the Republic, has been released from hospital and transferred to HMP Frankland, England."

Scotsman Brockwell was facing serving the rest of his life in prison in the UK when his prison sentence for a spate of armed robberies was due to expire in Dublin.

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He first arrived here in February 2012 after absconding from a prison in Lancashire while he was on day release. He was serving a life sentence for a series of armed robberies in London.

Before being busted by gardai in October 2012, Brockwell was on the run from English police since February of that year and featured on BBC's Crimewatch just days before being arrested by heavily-armed detectives in Blackrock, south Dublin.

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It is now believed that he will serve a number of years in an English jail before being extradited back to Ireland to finish his sentence and possibly face additional charges in relation to the escape.

kfoy@herald.ie

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