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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Inmate slashed in horror 'shiv' attack at 'Joy

AN inmate has suffered horrific injuries in a 'shiv' attack at Mountjoy Prison.

Shane Matthews was hospitalised after he was viciously stabbed with a makeshift blade in his cell last night.

The convict was attacked in his cell on A2 wing after tea time yesterday evening by a fellow inmate using the blade, known as a 'shiv'.

His injuries required scores of stitches, and he has been kept at the Mater Hospital. He is currently under observation.

No motive for the attack has been established but prison authorities and the gardai are investigating the matter today.

Prison authorities have refused to comment on the incident.

The attack came less than a week after a European watchdog report claimed that Ireland's most notorious prison was unsafe for both prisoners and prison officers.

Stabbings and attacks with implements were "an almost daily occurrence in Mountjoy", according to the report from the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture.

They cited the gang and drug culture inside the prison as they primary reason for the violence.

The condition of Irish prisons was described in the report as "degrading, inhumane and unsafe".

According to sources, A-wing is becoming the most dangerous section of Mountjoy Prison and has been the scene of extreme violence in recent times.

Last October, inmates from A-wing engaged in a 74-man riot which rleft three prison officers and one prisoner being injured. The officers were attacked with pool cues and balls.



Smashed

One of the officers was hit over the head with a cue while another was smashed in the side of the head with a snooker ball.

Seven inmates including Zachary Ryan Coughlan, a prisoner who has a history of violence against prison officers, were transferred from the prison following the incident.

Coughlan has since returned to Mountjoy, the Herald understands.

In recent weeks, a murder trial heard how inmate Derek Glennon was killed with a shiv in Mountjoy in June 2007.

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