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Graham Dwyer attacked by serial rapist in prison

Crime DeskBy Shuki Byrne
Attack: Graham Dwyer had chairs thrown at him during the incident
Attack: Graham Dwyer had chairs thrown at him during the incident

Convicted killed Graham Dwyer has been attacked in prison by a violent sex offender over a game of cards, it is reported.

The Irish Daily Star is reporting the murderer suffered bruises after chairs were thrown at him by notorious rapist Salman Dar (34). 

It is believed the serial rapist, in a fit of rage, hurled two chairs at Dwyer (42) after the killer refused him entry into a game of poker. 

Dwyer, who is serving a life sentence in Midlands Prison, was forced to protect himself with his arms from the flying furniture which were severely bruised after the altercation. 

A source told the Star Dywer was left "shaking" by the incident, which occurred on Monday evening. 

"Dwyer was with a number of inmates and the game was already fairly advanced when Dar came into the room and asked to play. 

"Dwyer said no and that sent Dar into a rage. He picked up the chairs and threw them at Dwyer."

It is the first time Dwyer has been attacked in prison since he was convicted of the murder of Elaine O'Hara. 

His attacker is considered one of the most dangerous sex offenders in the country. 

The Pakistani man was jailed in 2005 for the violent rape of three women he followed home. Last year, he received a seven year sentence after he confessed to carrying out two further sex attacks.

The 33-year-old is currently serving a 15 year sentence for viciously attacking and raping three women in separate incidents at night within a six month period in 2004. 

Read: Serial rapist sentenced to two further attacks.

He was sentenced to a further seven years for the two later sex attacks after coming forward to Gardai and admitting the attacks. 

Describing his actions on the nights Dar told Gardaí: “I had no plan. If opportunity presents, I'll attack”. He said it was in the back of his head when he had gone out on each of those nights and he would pick out somebody.

Dar, formerly of Abbey View, Ballyhaunis, County Mayo pleaded guilty to an attempted rape at Ranelagh, Dublin on March 21, 2004. He also pleaded guilty to oral rape and sexual assault at Synge Street, Dublin on May 23, 2004.

Dar attacked both women as they had reached the front door of their home after walking home late at night. He repeatedly punched the victims as they tried to fight him off and screamed for help. 

Mr Justice Paul Carney imposed concurrent sentences of seven years for each offence. He suspended the last two years in light of Dar's confession. The Director of Public Prosecutions placed both offences at the higher end of the scale. The rape and oral rape offences carry maximum sentences of life.

At the 2005 hearing Dar pleaded guilty to raping three other women on dates between February and June 2004 at three locations in Dublin city: near the Phoenix Park, near Smithfield Market and on Jervis Street.
Those three victims - a 29-year-old Irish woman, a 23-year-old Polish woman and a 23-year-old Mexican woman - were all blonde haired and walking home by themselves in the early hours of the morning when Dar approached and attacked them.
Two of them were attacked in their own apartment buildings after Dar followed them home. Dar beat all three women viciously before forcing them to perform oral sex on him.
Mr Justice Carney had imposed a sentence of 21 years with six years suspended in 2005 but in February 2006 the Court of Criminal Appeal reduced it to 15 years.
Victoria Andreenkova, a Russian woman who claims to be Dwyer's 'girlfriend' and regularly visits him at the Midlands Prison, confirmed Dwyer was left bruised following the altercation but he was "not frightened by it".
She told the Star the killer was getting to used to life behind bars and was getting to know everybody in the prison.