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Child killer in critical condition after suffering brain injury in prison gym

NewsBy Patrick O'Connell
John Lynch arriving at court.
John Lynch arriving at court.
Richard Connolly, Mari's father
Richard Connolly, Mari's father

CONVICTED child killer John Lynch is in critical condition in a Dublin hospital after suffering a suspected brain aneurysm while working out in Castlerea Prison’s gym.

Lynch (35) – who is serving 13 years for  causing the death of five-year-old Mari Keane Connolly in Boyle, Roscommon, on October 3, 2011 – collapsed in the prison’s gym on last Tuesday.

A source said: “Lynch was working out when suddenly he dropped.

“Medical staff were called and they worked on him at the scene before an ambulance transferred him to Castlebar.

“On Wednesday, he was moved to Beaumont hospital due to the seriousness of his condition. He has regained consciousness briefly on a couple of occasions, but he had no idea of where he was or what had happened to him.”

Lynch, originally from Sligo and with an address at 39 Church View, Boyle, was sentenced to 13 years prison for the manslaughter of five-year-old Mari, who died in a house fire started by him.

Lynch had set fire to the home of Mari’s dad Richard Connolly and his brother John Connolly in the early hours of October 3, following a night out where he had been drinking and taking cocaine.

Lynch had previously found his girlfriend, Anita O’Hara, lying fully clothed on a bed with John Connolly after a party and was outraged by the incident.

The house was occupied by Richard and his three daughters, Lauren, Naomi, and Mari at the time of the horrific attack.

Lauren and Naomi made it to safety.