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Ireland’s most dangerous prisoner attacks staff in max security prison

Leon Wright
Leon Wright

Staff at Portlaoise prison were attacked this morning by notorious thug Leon Wright.

Ireland’s most violent inmate, who has 84 previous convictions including robberies, 34 assaults and firearms offences, is serving time for a knife rampage on Dublin’s Grafton Street in 2013, which he committed while on bail for assaulting two Gardaí.

Four prison officers have gone off duty following today’s attack, including three who were taken to hospital following the incident.

Wright attempted to headbutt a governor and ended up having to be restrained.

27-year-old Wright has been in and out of prison for the past nine years and in that time has attacked more than 24 prison officers and clocked up a whopping 212 P19 internal prison disciplinary actions.

Wright robbed and stabbed a Mauritian national with a 25 inch blade while on Grafton Street, before stabbing another man twice in the back while attempting to take a handbag.

When asked about the attacks Wright said: “I just picked a fight with a fella and took out a knife and stabbed him.”

He claimed he had tried to kill the man, “but his bird got in the way.”

Eamon Dillon & Morgan Flanagan Creagh