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Friday 24 March 2017

Burglary gang psycho attacked by his mob in jail for 'mouthing off'

Patrick Gately was subjected to a savage beating in Mountjoy Prison on Monday
Patrick Gately was subjected to a savage beating in Mountjoy Prison on Monday

A member of the ruthless gang who beat a father and threatened to kill his children during a violent burglary has been attacked in prison by one of his own gang.

Patrick Gately (27) was one of the seven who attacked the home of the Corcoran family in Burnchurch, south Tipperary, in November 2013.

On Monday, the thug was attacked on his landing in Mountjoy Prison and subjected to a savage beating, with blows inflicted mainly to his head and face.

It is understood that in the wake of the attack Gately, who is serving a 16-year-sentence for the horrific armed raid on the Corcorans' home, was moved to St Pat's and is now under protection.

Brutal

Sources said the thug was targeted because he "had been loose with his tongue", sparking a brutal response from his own allies.

"That lad had been mouthing off and his own gang heard about it," a source said.

Sources confirmed last night that the assault was not linked to the Kinahan/Hutch feud.

The attack on Gately comes six months after another member of the gang, Donal O'Hara (24), had tendons in his arm severed and was beaten with metal poles in retaliation for an attack on a woman. The beating is believed to have been carried out after a €5,000 'hit' was put out on O'Hara.

Authorities believe the threat against O'Hara also originated with former associates.

In October 2015, Gately and O'Hara were two of seven men sentenced to a total of 105 years in prison for one of the most horrific and violent burglaries to take place in Ireland.

The gang broke into the home of Mark and Emma Corcoran armed with a sawn-off shotgun, a handgun and a machete.

Mrs Corcoran managed to dial 999 and left her mobile phone on for seven minutes. Gardai could hear what was happening during the raid.

Mrs Corcoran said she told the raiders that her children - aged eight, six and two - were in the house and was told "we'll kill your f***ing kids".

Two of the attackers - Dean Byrne (22), of Cabra Park, and Patrick Gately (27), of Primrose Grove in Darndale - were sentenced to 20 years, with four suspended.

John Joyce (20), of Lentisk Lawn, Donaghmede, was sentenced to 15 years with four suspended and Patrick Joyce (22), of Beaumont Hall, Beaumont Woods, was sentenced to 14 years with four suspended.

Thomas Flynn (20), of Moatview Avenue, Coolock, was jailed for 12 years with three suspended, while Michael McDonagh (23), of Tara Lawns Belcamp Lane, Coolock, and O'Hara (24), from Glin Park in Coolock, were both sentenced to 12 years, both with seven suspended.

Shouting

Shortly before the seven gang members were led away from the courtroom, some of them shouting as they left, Judge Thomas Teehan offered his best wishes to the Corcorans, who live in the townland of Burnchurch outside Killenaule in Co Tipperary.

"I'm quite certain everyone in court has enormous sympathy for what you have endured," he told the emotional couple after issuing the prison terms.

"I'd like to wish you every possible success and for your children in your efforts to recover from this.

"No doubt your own determination will be very important in that regard. Nobody could possibly ever forget what you have gone through."

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