A father and son have been remanded on bail after being charged with helping an armed robber escape from prison.

Derek Brockwell, 54, attacked prison officers after he was brought to Tallaght Hospital for treatment last year and fled custody.

He was later recaptured in Belfast and returned to England to serve a sentence there.

This morning James Donohoe, 58, and Alan Donohue, 32, were arrested in Co Meath by detectives from Tallaght investigating Brockwell’s escape on 17 February 2015.

Both were taken to Rathfarnham Garda Station and charged with aiding an inmate to escape from lawful custody.

James Donohoe appeared before Tallaght District Court while Alan Donohoe came before Navan District Court. 

Brockwell, a UK national, had been serving a seven-year sentence in Portlaoise Prison for armed robbery in 2012.

He was also wanted by police in England, where he failed to return to prison in Lancashire having been out on day release.