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Notorious murderer Dumbrell knocks out prison nurse in vicious attack

Attack: Jeffrey Dumbrell punched the nurse in the head
Attack: Jeffrey Dumbrell punched the nurse in the head

A convicted murderer has reportedly knocked a prison nurse out in a vicious attack carried out this morning.

Notorious murderer Jeffrey Dumbrell allegedly launched the unprovoked attack on the nurse during a cell visit at Wheatfield Prison. 

According to reports, the thug punched the a nurse so hard in the head she lost consciousness and was transferred to hospital with facial injuries. 

A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service said: "The nurse was in a cell when she was assaulted in an unprovoked attack.

"Prison officers were present but the prisoner got around the staff. The matter is now under investigation."

The nurse is currently being treated for her injuries and Dumbrell has been placed in special isolation. 

Last year, 33-year-old Jeffrey and his brother Warren (above) both lost their appeals against convictions for murder. 

They were jailed for life in February 2011, after being convicted of the murder of Christopher Cawley at Tyrone Place flats in Inchicore.

Mr Cawley was attacked and fatally stabbed on the stairway of the flat complex where he lived. The court heard that Mr Cawley’s wife Janette, five-year-old son and eldest daughter witnessed the attack.

The court also heard that while Mr Cawley's daughter was collapsed screaming on the ground, one of the Dumbrells said: ‘Your Daddy's gone now’ as they walked away from the scene.

Read: Dumbrell brothers lose appeal against murder conviction.

The latest prison attack comes in light of several incidents involving inmates in recent months. 

Graham Johnson (41) was the victim of a stabbing in the kitchens of Cork Prison on Saturday evening at 5pm.

The 41-year-old suffered a single stab wound to the chest and a minor neck injury before prison guards were able to intervene in the incident. 

Johnson was involved in an altercation with another prisoner about a TV remote control, it has emerged. 

The Irish Prison Service said the latest incident is being investigated.