CARRICK MAN BENEFITS FROM JAIL ‘JOKE”!

24 June 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

CARRICK MAN BENEFITS FROM JAIL ‘JOKE”!

By PATSY McARDLE

A YOUNG Carrickmacross man who was sentenced to three months imprisonment from the District Court earlier this month, when convicted for public order offences, has highlighted the present ridiculous “revolving door” dilemma in relation to the Irish prison service!
The prisoner has indicated how he unexpectedly benefited from the situation in a way that has undoubtedly proved hugely embarrassing for the State, the gardai, and the courts’ service!.
It emerged yesterday that while the prisoner was transported at State expense to Wheatfield Prison, to undertake his three months’ sentence, he was discharged from the jail after just a SINGLE overnight stay!
According to the man, after the admission paperwork was completed and he was assigned to a cell area, he had no immediate idea that his dreaded spell in custodial care would be so short-lived.
He revealed that a senior prison official met him after arrival, during his first day in the jail, and queried him upon the circumstances of the offence and conviction, which had led to the three-month prison penalty, which was subsequent to an earlier previous conviction.
When the prisoner explained all the circumstance to the senior prison official, according to the man, the official said that in the light of the extremity of numbers in custody and pressure on the jail administration, he would be directing an “immediate release”.
Apparently, according to the delighted prisoner, he then received “travel assistance” which enabled him to get back immediately to his Carrickmacross residence and rejoin family members — who were only coming to terms with the man’s shock three month’s jail sentence imposed in the District Court the previous day! A legal spokesperson, who was given details of the Carrickmacross case said yesterday: ”What has happened here clearly shows the seriousness of the situation involving our prison service.”
“While it is very heartening, of course, to hear of somebody getting their freedom back, the overall situation can have very serious implications if there is a real need for another type of offender, who might be convicted of a heinous crime, to be kept off the streets”.
He added that it is now feared the emerging situation could soon lead to serious political reverberations at national level.

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