Yes. I would do what the judge tells me. (38.46%)
No. I'll take a chance as I don't have as much to lose. (61.54%)
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 ?
This scenario being in Ireland, would anyone check if he shows up?
I'd do the time, but then again I've never been to prison so it's probably a decision I'd immediately regret.
Reminds me of this scene from life of brian, the first response.
Perhaps the idea is that he will be in another country at that time, never to return and saving us the cost of putting him up for another 2 years...
If it wasn't my country of origin I'd be gone like a shot the moment they let me out of prison.
I'd do the time in Ireland as an Irish person, prison sounds like great craic, I can just get stuck into GTA V on the 42" TV in my cell.
If it was somewhere like peru and I knew I wouldn't get extradited back there I'd abscond in a heartbeat.
For all anyone knows he's already left the country, but if it's a case that he hasn't and wants to continue living here then he'd be as well off handing himself over. 2 years in Mountjoy would be a walk in the park compared to life back in Nigeria for many people.
Yeah, Irish prison would be so much fun, sh1ting into a bucket in front of 3 lads called Damo sounds mighty craic altogether.
You've never been?
Oh my god, you just haven't lived.
You simply most go. You simply must!
Going how this years flown by, id do the 2 years.
do non nationals not get deported after serving prison sentences here?
Just doing some searches there for Nigerian prisons and noticed the official government site is blocked for users in Ireland
We've been blacklisted apparently
Probably because of all those Irish princes offering free money
Yeah but all the heroin takes the embarrassment out of that particular situation
What is a non national???
Non EU nationals are almost always deported after serving a sentence.