Jockey im­per­son­ator caught af­ter es­cap­ing jail

Bray People - - News -

A JOCKEY im­per­son­ator and con­victed fraud­ster was caught last week af­ter he man­aged to es­cape from Shel­ton Abbey.

Terry Kirby has al­ready im­per­son­ated such well known racing fig­ures as Dean Gal­lagher, Gra­ham Lee, Timmy Mur­phy, Shay Barry, Leighton Aspell and oth­ers. He was serv­ing an eight month sen­tence in Shel­ton Abbey for car rob­bery when he man­aged to make his get­away.

Once news of Kirby’s es­cape be­came pub­lic knowl­edge, the Turf Club im­me­di­ately alerted sub­scribers about a man ‘mas­querad­ing as a trainer or jockey.’ They were warned to con­tact the Gar­daí if they were ap­proached by the in­di­vid­ual.

He was ini­tially im­pris­oned for steal­ing a car be­long­ing to for­mer jockey Conor O’Dwyer. Kil­dare-born Kirby called around to his house in Novem­ber in a BMW jeep and told O’Dwyer that it was owned by jockey Richard Hughes and that he was go­ing to get a taxi back to Naas.

When O’Dwyer awoke in the morn­ing, his car was miss­ing. The jeep was still sit­ting out­side but that also turned out to be stolen. The stolen car was later found in Dun­gar­van.

Af­ter mak­ing his es­cape Kirby was cap­tured and held in cus­tody at Car­low Garda Sta­tion.

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