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Saturday 16 December 2017

Thug behind Bradley prison beating jailed

Bradley (Alan & Wayne): Bradley brother sentenced adjourned for conspiracy to rob, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Dublin, 27/3/12.
Bradley (Alan & Wayne): Bradley brother sentenced adjourned for conspiracy to rob, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Dublin, 27/3/12.

A violent thug - who was involved with his older brother in giving gangland figure Wayne Bradley a savage beating in prison - was jailed this week for two years.

Jamie Griffin (20) of Iveagh Trust building, Dublin, pleaded guilty to a violent attack in Ladbrokes bookies in Killinarden, Tallaght, on December 13, 2012.

Dublin Circuit Court heard that Griffin was part of a three-man gang who produced a blade and stabbed one customer in the Tallaght bookies and brutally assaulted another man there.

Griffin, who is already serving a six-year sentence on another charge, has 13 previous convictions including violent disorder and possession of illicit drugs.

The court heard that gardai were called to the scene and both injured men were transferred to Tallaght Hospital. One man had multiple stab wounds and the other a broken hand.

The Herald can reveal that Jamie and his violent brother Leon (25) were involved in a savage assault on high-profile criminal Wayne Bradley in an exercise yard in Mountjoy Prison on the afternoon of December 22 last.

The attack left Bradley hospitalised for almost two weeks over the Christmas period

The two south inner city brothers were disciplined by prison bosses after the attack that led to Finglas mobster Bradley (35) being moved to Ireland's highest security prison in Portlaoise for his own protection after he was eventually discharged from the Mater Hospital in mid January.

The beating inflicted on Bradley just before Christmas has led to fears of a gangland bloodbath between the two factions but there has not been any major incidents since the brutal assault.

Bradley who is serving a five-year sentence for his role in a €900,000 cash-in-transit robbery is expected to be released from jail before the end of the year.

However, the Griffin brothers will be in jail for much longer and they are known as extremely violent inmates.

Brutal

Associates of the brothers are suspected of involvement in the gun murder of Declan O'Reilly in September, 2012 while Leon Griffin was involved in a brutal assault on murder victim Michael Kelly in a south inner city pub in August, 2012, less than a year before he was shot dead at a Luas Line.

Leon, who was a top target for gardai from Kevin Street Station, has been warned on a number of occasions about an active threat against his life.

He was previously jailed in July, 2008 for threatening a heavily-pregnant woman with a 12-inch blade as he attempted to steal her wallet as well as other robbery charges.

Last October, Leon was jailed for five weeks for for fighting in the Great Hall of the Criminal Courts of Justice in September, 2013, as part of a bitter inner city gang feud.

kfoy@herald.ie

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