Inmate admits repeatedly punching governor of Cloverhill Prison

Governor Ronan Maher
Governor Ronan Maher

AN INMATE has admitted he repeatedly punched the governor of Cloverhill Prison during a vicious assault.

Brendan Cummins, 22, of Lios Dubh, Armagh Road, Dundalk, Co Louth, pleaded guilty today to assaulting governor Ronan Maher at Cloverhill Prison on Feb. 20 last.

Defence solicitor Declan Fahy told Judge Kathryn Hutton at Cloverhill District Court that his client was pleading guilty to the charge.

Det Sergeant Sean Cosgrove told the court that the governor had gone to D-wing’s yard to speak to a prisoner. The accused started shouting at him and punched him in the face three times, the court was told.

Courtroom security was heightened for the proceedings today.

 The accused was flanked by four prison officers in full riot gear and holding shields during the hearing.

Judge Hutton said she would ask for his previous convictions to be given at a later stage and said she would have to put the case back to another date to allow Mr Maher be notified of the guilty plea. 

The court heard the case may have to be adjourned for a week.