Prison Governor Summoned To Court Over Early Release Of Prisoner

The Governor of the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise is to be summonsed to appear before a District Court judge in Athlone next week to explain why a prisoner was released yesterday, just five days into an eight week sentence, only to be re-arrested and charged with a new offence today.

Judge Seamus Hughes said he was lost for words and described the release as an appalling situation.

Gerry Fallon from Kiltoom in Co Roscommon, who was sentenced to eight weeks of detention for trespassing in elderly people’s homes in Mullingar last Thursday, was released yesterday.

He appeared before Judge Hughes in an Athlone court this morning charged with criminal damage to a car at a filling station in the Athlone area at 2.40am this morning.

When the case came before the court this morning Garda Inspector Nickolas Farrell agreed with Judge Hughes that he was perplexed by the early release.


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