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Friday 24 November 2017

'Deranged' inmate gets extra jail time for third violent prison assault

Alan Ellis has a history of violence and suffers from paranoia
Alan Ellis has a history of violence and suffers from paranoia

A paranoid schizophrenic prisoner convicted of tying a 14-year-old boy to a radiator and torturing him with a cheese grater has had his prison term extended by eight months after being convicted of an assault on a prison officer.

Alan Ellis (24), who has a history of violence and suffers from paranoia and delusions, is currently serving a three-year sentence with one suspended for stabbing his treating psychiatrist with a makeshift weapon because he said "a demon got into my head and told me to do it".

Sources have expressed fears Ellis could kill someone if he is released from prison.

He is currently being housed in Mountjoy's C-Wing in the Challenging Behaviour Unit (CBU) for extremely difficult inmates.

Notoriety

Ellis is fed by prison officers wearing protective riot suits due to the threat he poses.

Sources say he is gaining increasing "notoriety" within the prison system for various offences and last year he stabbed inmate Paul Duffy in the head and eye with a shiv.

Ellis, from Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin, was escorted into Dublin District Court yesterday by two prison officers wearing full riot gear including helmets and protective clothing.

One hemmed Ellis, who was handcuffed throughout, into his bench with a riot shield.

Neil Cepeda, of the Mountjoy Prison Liaison Unit, told Judge Michael Walsh how, on July 7, 2016, Ellis was being escorted from his cell in the CBU to the showers by officers wearing protective clothing when he punched one in the face once his handcuffs were removed.

"It was an unprovoked attack," said Mr Cepeda, adding that it had been recorded on camera.

The prison officer was knocked backwards and suffered soft tissue damage. This was accepted by Ellis's solicitor Stephen O'Mahony.

"He is under 23-hour lockdown for his own safety and the safety of others and had psychiatric difficulties prior to sentencing," added Mr O'Mahony.

Judge Walsh gave Ellis an eight-month sentence to run consecutively with the one he is currently serving, which was due to expire on June 9, 2018.

In March this year, Ellis was sentenced for attacking his doctor, Ronan Mullaney, at Mountjoy Prison on October 23, 2014.

Dr Mullaney said Ellis felt his life was under threat from the prison staff and wondered aloud "if my doctors are involved too".

He then lunged at Dr Mullaney and tried to punch him. The doctor raised his hands in defence when he saw that Ellis was trying to push a sharply pointed object into his neck.

He fended off the attack as best as he could but Ellis still managed to puncture his neck beside his Adam's apple while repeatedly shouting "I'm going to f**king kill you" and Dr Mullaney described him as being "deranged".

Coaxed

In 2013, Ellis was sentenced to nine years with three suspended for false imprisonment after he tied a 14-year-old boy to a radiator, threw boiling water down his trousers and removed skin from his knees, knuckles and fingertips with a cheese grater.

He pleaded guilty to false imprisonment and assault causing harm to the teenager on March 12, 2012.

He coaxed the 14-year-old victim into an apartment, telling him he wanted to show him how to tie a particular knot.

Ellis then used a vacuum cleaner flex to tie him to a radiator before torturing him.

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