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Ireland’s most violent lag gets his own washing machine

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Leon Wright
Leon Wright

Ireland’s most violent inmate Leon Wright has been given a washing machine by prison bosses in an attempt to teach him how to live independently.

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.

In July 2014 Wright was jailed for six years with the final two suspended for going on a stabbing rampage, while on bail for assaulting two gardai.

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.”

Now, in an attempt to calm Ireland’s angriest inmate, prison bosses have given him a washing machine.

Wright, who is housed on his own in A-unit, has also been given a PlayStation 3, a fish tank and a Rubik’s Cube, in an attempt to quell his outbursts.

“It is part of a process aimed at helping him to improve his independent living skills.” A source told The Star.

Sources said he has been attending special anger management classes in the prison with authorities even giving him a Rubik’s Cube in the hope that will make him calm down.

“It’s all about protecting staff,” the source said.

“There are very few really challenging prisoners in the system and he is one of them. It is extremely rare for so much time and resources to be put on one prisoner, but the decision has been made to do that for him because we have to protect staff there and also work on him.”

The source said that the number of P19 internal prison disciplinary actions Wright has received so far this year can be counted on one hand.

Between stints behind bars Wright has clocked up an incredible 84 convictions including 30 assaults, robberies and firearms offences.