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Monday 25 September 2017

Michaela killer moved from jail over safety fears

ATTACK: Rapist and murderer Byrne beaten up

A MAN who raped and murdered 12-year-old Dublin schoolgirl Michaela Davis has been moved out of a Dublin jail over fears for his safety.

Jonathan Byrne (19) has been transferred from an isolation unit at Wheatfield prison to the Midlands prison in Portlaoise.

Byrne, from Lohunda Downs, Clonsilla, west Dublin, pleaded guilty to murdering Michaela on August 28, 2010, at playing fields on Porterstown Road, near her home in Clonsilla. She died as a result of asphyxia due to strangulation.

He admitted raping Michaela twice before strangling her and dragging her body into undergrowth.

And the child killer now has some notorious jail neighbours including the man dubbed "Ireland's most dangerous prisoner" Warren Dumbrell.

Also, sharing the unit is Stephen Egan -- a man who kicked and punched a former cell mate to death.

Killer Byrne was beaten up at a remand hearing back in September at Cloverhill courthouse and has been a target for attack since his transfer on conviction to Wheatfield in Clondalkin.

Sources there said he had been moved out before Christmas as concerns grew for his safety. He is detained on C1 which was designed to hold protection prisoners.

Two rogue prison officers convicted of smuggling contraband into jails are also locked up on this wing.

Prisoners in the block are subject to a strict regime with supervised recreation of two hours a day. This is confined to a gym, a pool room or an exercise yard.

Sex abusers are normally held in Arbour Hill prison but his murder conviction places him in the wider prison population.

Warren Dumbrell is serving life for stabbing Christy Cawley to death in front of his wife and children in Inchicore.

Killer Stephen Egan was found guilty of the manslaughter, by reason of diminished responsibility, of Gary Douch in a basement cell in Mountjoy on August 1, 2006.

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