Drama as man tries to flee court

Wexford People - - NEWS -

THERE were dra­matic scenes at Gorey District Court last week as a man made a rather flimsy at­tempt to evade garda cus­tody, jump­ing up on the seats in the court­room and at­tempt­ing to get out the back door be­fore be­ing tack­led by mem­bers of An Garda Síochána.

Colm McDonald (27) of no fixed abode, was brought be­fore the court in cus­tody in re­la­tion to charges of crim­i­nal dam­age, en­ter­ing a cur­tilage with the in­ten­tion of com­mit­ting an of­fence and en­gag­ing in threat­en­ing or abu­sive be­hav­iour at 3 Bra­nogue Park, Cour­town Har­bour on April 22 last.

So­lic­i­tor Lana Doherty con­sented to a re­mand in cus­tody un­til June 6. How­ever, when gar­daí moved to bring McDonald back out to the cells, he leapt up and be­gan fran­ti­cally look­ing for an es­cape route. Even­tu­ally, he hopped up on the benches in the body of the court­room and be­gan step­ping over them, in between mem­bers of the public, mak­ing his way to­wards the exit at the back.

Two mem­bers of the gar­daí shouted at him to get down be­fore he looked up to­wards Judge Haughton and shouted ‘Are you go­ing to let me go?’

The Judge replied that he had made his or­der and even­tu­ally an­other four gar­daí ar­rived through the door from the cells and McDonald was tack­led and re­moved from the court.

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