Was just browsing the news and the last bit of this story caught my eye.
A man is sentenced to jail for 2 years with 1 suspended. He served a year and was then released.
However, the state appealed against his original sentence being too lenient.
A judge has ruled that the original sentence was too lenient, and has had his sentence increased to 5 years, with 2 suspended.
This means that he therefore "owes" another 2 years incarceration.
So, currently a free man, he has been told to report to Mountjoy on October 21, to be locked up for another two years.
He is a foreign national.
Weighing it up, if you were in this situation, and you have been told to hand yourself into prison in a months time, to do a two year stretch, what would you do ?
If you were a born and bred citizen of the country, with most of your life (family, freinds, job, home) tied up in the country, you might weigh up the consequences of absconding, with what you have to lose and the future implications of your actions. If you live in that country, you are likely to be found eventually. Were you to abscond by leaving the country, you would have to go somewhere to start over, but you are not going to see those people again, and lose your job and your home and your familiar life.
But if you were in a foreign country and this happened to you, you might consider the future implications of absconding in a different light. You might consider going back to your country of origin, where presumably you have family and friends, and could find work, and have a home, and just get back into your old familiar life and just hope that nobody catches up with you or there is no deportation agreements. Or to a completely different country where you can start over.
Would not be surprised if he is busy, possibly in another country, that morning.
If it was me, I would be.
In the same situation, would YOU turn up to hand yourself in ?