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Prisoner on the run after escaping from custody while getting treatment at St James's Hospital, Dublin

Irish Mirror logoIrish Mirror 20/03/2019 Mark O'Brien
a sign on the side of a building: St James Hospital in Dublin (stock image) © Collins St James Hospital in Dublin (stock image)

A prisoner is on the loose after he escaped from custody while receiving treatment in a Dublin hospital this morning.

The 22-year-old prisoner managed to escape from St James's Hospital at around 10am this morning.

Sources said the man was seen running out of the A&E department of the hospital before running up James' Street with four prison officers giving chase.

He is currently still at large.

Mountjpoy Prison Mountjpoy Prison

The vicious thug is believed to be serving a 10-year sentence in Mountjoy Prison for a cowardly attack on a homeless person in the city centre four years ago.

The criminal, who has a string of previous convictions, stabbed the homeless man before returning to slice the man's face with a knife, leaving him with a permanent scar.

The victim also had to have his spleen removed and is on life-long medication since the attack.

During the prisoner's trial in October 2017 it was noted that he had a serious drug problem but was since clean and had become a facilitator in the prison's alternative to violence programme.

The Irish Prison Service is currently investigating the incident.

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A spokesman told Dublin Live: "The Irish Prison Service can confirm that a prisoner has escaped from lawful custody while on escort to St James Hospital this morning.

"An Garda Síochána were notified immediately and provided with all the relevant information in relation to the prisoner.

"The Irish Prison Service is currently investigating the circumstances of the escape."

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