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"Ireland's most dangerous inmate" loses all privileges after prison transfer

Crime DeskBy Eamon Dillon
Move: Leon Wright
Move: Leon Wright

INFAMOUS inmate Leon Wright has been transferred out of Portlaoise Prison, Ireland’s only high-security jail, and has lost all the special privileges handed out in a bid to keep him calm.

Although he has committed more than 200 serious breaches of discipline since being jailed in 2005, Wright was recently granted the extra concessions. They included a fish tank, a PlayStation 3, his own washing machine and a garden specially built for him outside his jail unit.
One Sunday World source said he believed prison authorities can’t do anything else for him at the jail.
“He is one dangerously angry young man. I feel sorry for whoever runs in to him when he is released,” the source added.
The violent thug – who has 84 previous convictions, which include robberies, 34 assaults and firearms offences – is serving time for a knife rampage where he assaulted two gardaí on Dublin’s Grafton Street in 2013 while on bail.
Wright is now being detained in Wheatfield Prison in west Dublin and is due for release in 2019. The 27-year-old has regularly fought with prison staff, who wear protective equipment when dealing with him.
Prison bosses ordered the special privileges for Wright in a bid to keep him calm and help him deal with his anger. His troubled life behind bars began during his early teens and he spent three separate terms in Oberstown youth detention centre.
Shortly after his release from Oberstown he went on a crime spree in Dublin city centre which landed him another lengthy jail sentence.
In one terrifying incident he broke into a house in Lucan and threatened a man and his teenage daughter with a large knife. When gardaí arrived at the scene Wright lunged at them with a carving knife, and during the ensuing stand-off he cut himself with the blade.
In 2008, while in Mountjoy Prison, he attacked a warder without warning, punching him from behind and then kicking him in the head. He was prosecuted for the attack and was given a consecutive six-month sentence.
After finishing that sentence he launched random attacks on people near Grafton Street.
When questioned by gardaí, who had to use pepper spray to subdue Wright, he claimed he had tried to kill one “but his bird got in the way”. At one court appearance Wright was flanked by a number of prison officers in full riot gear.