Northern Ireland

Captured prisoner Martin McDermott appears in court

An escaped prisoner, who was arrested in Londonderry on Friday, has appeared in court in the city.

Martin McDermott, 26, from Raphoe in County Donegal, was sentenced last July for seven years for the manslaughter of Garda Gary McLoughlin in 2009.

He escaped from Loughan House, an 'open' low-security prison, in County Cavan on Thursday.

He faced a number of charges, including three of assaulting police, resisting arrest and disorderly behaviour.

He pleaded guilty to committing the offences in Altcar Park in Derry on Friday.

He was remanded in custody until later this month.

McDermott shouted obscenities at District Judge John Meehan, who ordered that he be taken down to the cells.

He was later brought back into the dock and charged with misbehaving in court.

McDermott then apologised and said he had had "a moment". The district judge accepted the apology and fined McDermott £150.

On Friday, the Republic's justice department confirmed it was seeking a full report into the prisoners escape.

A spokesperson for the Republic's justice department said it had been requested by the director general of the Irish Prison Service.

McDermott was arrested by the PSNI at around 11:00 GMT on Friday.

Police on both sides of the border had been alerted along with security staff at ports and airports.

He is eight months into his seven-year sentence for killing Garda McLoughlin.

McDermott had rammed a car into the 24-year-old garda's patrol car in County Donegal.

The garda died in hospital a day later from his injuries.

Loughan House is an open centre for the detention of male prisoners aged 18 years and over at Blacklion.

The facility is one of only two open centres in the Irish prison system.

According to Irish Prison Service Annual Report 2010, 45 prisoners absconded from Loughan that year, 34 were returned to custody.

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