Father and son appeared in court charged with trying to help an armed robber escape from custody

Derek Brockwell fled custody on February 17th last from Tallaght Hospital

Father and son appeared in court charged with trying to help an armed robber escape from custody

File photo: Tallaght courthouse

Updated 16.30:

A father and son have appeared in court charged with trying to help an armed robber escape from custody last February.

Newstalk.com's Courts Correspondent Frank Greaney reports:

James Donohue was arrested this morning after gardaí called to his home at St Oliver's Park, Ratoath in Co Meath.

The dramatic escape of Derek Brockwell unfolded on February 17th last, after he was escorted to Tallaght Hospital from Portlaoise Prison where he was serving a seven-year sentence for a string of armed robberies across Dublin.

Two of the three unarmed prison officers were stabbed and he made his escape on the back of a waiting motorbike.

However the following evening he was tasered by the PSNI after being identified outside a pub in Belfast.

Two men were arrested this morning, 58-year-old James Donohue and his son Alan, who’s 32. They were charged with aiding a prisoner escape from lawful custody, and brought to separate court sittings in Dublin and Navan.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has directed trial before judge and jury for Mr Donohue.

There was no objection to bail - and he left court this afternoon after being told to come back in six weeks time for service of a book of evidence.