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Sunday 18 November 2018

Serial slash attacker hid phone in prison cell 'to ring his child'

Dean Teeling was twice caught with a phone inside Mountjoy
Dean Teeling was twice caught with a phone inside Mountjoy

A serial blade attacker serving a sentence for crimes that include a vicious assault on a French tourist has been given extra jail time for having a mobile phone in his cell.

Dean Teeling (29) was twice caught with a phone when Mountjoy prison guards were carrying out searches.

Dublin District Court heard he was put in solitary confinement for 80 days as a result of having the phones, which he said were to contact his child.

Judge Bryan Smyth jailed him for three months, to run consecutively to one of the jail terms he is already serving.

Teeling, a father-of-one from Cappagh Avenue, Finglas, had pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful possession of a mobile phone in prison.

The court heard how prison officers searched his cell on May 25 and found a mobile phone.

Disciplined

In another cell search on June 19, he handed over a mobile phone to prison officers.

Teeling was serving consecutive four-year sentences for serious assaults handed down in November 2015.

He had also been convicted of violent disorder in December 2017, receiving a sentence of one year and three months.

Teeling had been disciplined in prison and received two consecutive periods of 40 nights of solitary confinement, defence solicitor Yvonne Bambury said.

He was trying to keep in touch with his child, she added.

Judge Smyth made the three months consecutive to the violent disorder sentence.

Among the offences Teeling is in prison for is an assault on a French tourist on Fleet Street, Temple Bar, on April 24, 2014.

The victim was walking home with friends when his brother bumped into a drunk woman. Teeling then came out of a pub and sliced him across the face with a razor, leaving him needing 19 stitches.

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