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'King Scum' Felloni sues state for slopping out

Tony Felloni
Tony Felloni

Former drugs baron Tony ‘King Scum’ Felloni is set to sue the State for having to slop out during his time in prison.

Felloni, who flooded Dublin with heroin in the 1980s and is blamed by many for infecting the north inner city with addiction, can expect a payout of around €6,000 from the taxpayer.

According to today's Star, King Scum has issued proceedings in the High Court against the prison service and his children Luigi and Regina, both of whom served time for drugs offences, are also taking cases against the state over slopping out.

During the 1980s, the Felloni family name became notorious as a heroin epidemic gripped the nation

King Scum was finally brought to justice in 1996 when he was jailed for 20 years for a range of drug trafficking offences.

Tony’s eldest son, Mario started working in the family business when he was just a teenager after his own father got him hooked on the deadly drug.

He was given a free sample of the drug by Tony on his 16th birthday and developed a chronic addiction – as well as catching the AIDS virus.

In January 2011, Tony Felloni (73) was released from Mountjoy prison having served 15 years of a 20-year prison sentence for the sale and supply of heroin.

The thug from Lover Dominick Street in Dublin 1 has 26 previous convictions dating back to 1959, including a 10-year sentence imposed in 1986 for drug trafficking.

Tony, Regina and Luigi Felloni have joined more than 600 criminals who have launched High Court proceedings against the State over slopping out.

Slopping out is the practise of using chamber pots instead of toilets.

Legal experts expect each claimant to receive between €5,600 and €6,000 in compensation – based on similar cases in Scotland.

The final bill is expected to cost the State €3.5million.