A prisoner serving a sentence for dangerous driving causing harm who escaped from custody on a visit to his sick father has been recaptured.

Christopher Doyle, 39, climbed out a bathroom window at St James's Hospital after he was brought to see his father there.

He had qualified for the visit because of good behaviour and had previously been out of prison twice before with no issues.

Doyle was serving his sentence in the Training Unit at Mountjoy Prison.

He was arrested by gardaí in Mullingar yesterday on suspicion of shoplifting.

Doyle was serving his sentence after stealing a car and crashing it into a number of people in Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

He was previously given a 12-year sentence for the manslaughter of 81-year-old Meath pensioner Patrick Logan in June 2002.