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Man who killed teen in vicious assault dies in Mountjoy

Douglas Ward was found dead at 6.30am this morning in Mountjoy Prison
Douglas Ward was found dead at 6.30am this morning in Mountjoy Prison

The prisoner who died in Mountjoy Prison this morning has been named as Douglas Ward, who had been serving time for the manslaughter of 18-year-old Niall Dorr in 2010.

Ward was convicted in 2012 of the manslaughter of Dorr after a brutal assault. 

The judgement detailed the extent of the assualt on the 18-year-old at Castle Road, Dundalk in October 2010.

'The deceased man was punched to the ground and while there, Ward viciously punched and kicked him and dragged him along the ground.

Witness accounts and the post mortem vividly illustrated the violent and persistent nature of the attack, the judgement stated. There were 18 injuries to the head and neck of Mr Dorr, 15 injuries to the limbs, two injuries to the front of the trunk and numerious bruises and grazes.

Two of the injuries to the head in particular, caused or contributed to a haemorrhage into the skull cavity and ultimately, Mr Dorr's death, the judgement stated.'

Ward was sentenced to 16 years, with three suspended, for the vicious assault but in January of this year he had his sentence reduced in the Court of Appeal to 13 years with three suspended.

It is believed that Ward, 38, died of a drug overdose and the Prison Service have launched an investigation.