Andy Helm, a prisoner who once daringly broke out of prison, has experienced a stroke of luck. A magistrate in Corofin committed Helm to Limerick District Male Prison for twelve months for assaulting a district councillor. This was not Helm’s only offense, as he had broken the conditions of an unexpired ticket-of-leave by failing to report himself to the police. However, the magistrate committed an informality in sending Helm to prison. With only three weeks left of his unexpired term, the Lord Lieutenant has now decided to discharge Helm, remitting the remainder of the sentence. As a result, Helm avoids a twelve-month prison term and might find inspiration to change his ways following his unexpected release.
Coventry Evening Telegraph – Friday 29 November 1901