Thug John Mangan who escaped open prison in Co Cavan jailed for 15 more months
A THUG who escaped from prison has been caged for 15 more months.
John Mangan, 54, legged it from Loughlan House open prison, in Co Cavan, last October.
Mangan — who was due for release in March 2024 — was caught riding a motorbike around Park West Industrial Estate, Dublin 12, at around 3pm on November 9.
Garda Gary Farrell said he ignored officers’ instructions to stop the vehicle, which led to a high-speed pursuit that lasted about 20 minutes.
It came to an end after cops, using the assistance of the Air Support Unit, set up a road block in Castleknock.
During the chase, he drove through a number of red lights, overtook and undertook vehicles into oncoming traffic and went the wrong way around a roundabout.
He also drove onto a footpath narrowly missing a pedestrian and shot into oncoming traffic, during which he nearly collided with a number of different vehicles.
Mangan of Larkhill Road, Whitehall, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to endangerment, dangerous driving and driving without insurance on November 9, 2021.
Defence counsel, Kieran Kelly BL, said Mangan had been anxious to visit his partner after she was diagnosed with cancer when he escaped from prison during lockdow
Judge Martin Nolan said that while Mangan was at large from an open prison he took part in serious dangerous driving that could have led to “a catastrophic collision which could have caused death or serious injury”.
The judge added: “He has to serve another punishment for driving the way he did.”
Judge Nolan sentenced him to 15 months’ jail, which he said must be served consecutively to his current term.
He was on bail for possession of cannabis resin valued at €341,787 at that time.
In 2012, journalist Paul Williams gave evidence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, alleging John Mangan and a criminal associate were responsible for the double murder of Hyland and Campbell.