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Notorious prisoner Leon Wright suing Prison Service, HSE and Minister for Justice

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Notorious: Leon Wright
Notorious: Leon Wright

IRELAND’S most pampered inmate Leon Wright is now suing the Irish Prison Service despite being given a fish-tank, Playstation and washing machine in a bid to keep him happy.

Records seen by The Sunday World show the thug – dubbed Ireland’s most violent inmate – has lodged a High Court civil suit against the Minister for Justice, the Irish Prison Service, the Minister for Health, the HSE and the Attorney General.
 
Papers were lodged on Wright’s behalf by Dun Laoghaire based solicitors Pearse Mehigan and Co Solicitors, who specialise in areas such as personal injury, litigation and employment law, on October 1st.
 
It emerged earlier this year how, in a bid to curb Wright’s violent behaviour, he was given an aquarium on his landing, a Playstation with various console games and a washing machine.
 
The prisoner, who has attacked over two dozen guards while in jail, even had management figures in Portlaoise Prison take it upon themselves to go out and buy him games for his Playstation. 
 
But The Sunday World revealed last month how Wright was transferred to Wheatfield Prison and stripped of his privileges following an incident at the jail.
 
The violent thug, who has 84 previous convictions including robberies, 34 assaults and firearms offences is serving time for a knife rampage on Dublin’s Grafton Street in 2013 while on bail for assaulting two Gardaí.
 
Wright is not due for release in 2017.
 
Prison bosses ordered the special privileges for Wright in a bid to keep him calm and help him deal with his uncontrollable anger. PlayStation games were also bought for him with the Call of Duty being his favourite choice, according to sources.
 
His troubled life behind bars started during his early teens and spent three separate terns in Oberstown where young offenders are detained. Shortly after his release from Oberstown he went on a crime spree in Dublin city centre which got 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 he lunged at them with a carving knife and then during a stand-off he cut himself with the knife.
 
In 2008 while in Mountjoy prison, he attacked a prison warder without warning, punching him from behind and then kicking him in the head after he fell to the floor. He was prosecuted for the attack and was given a consecutive six-month sentence at the time.
 
Trial judge Pat McCartan commented at the time: "But there is no doubt he has had an appalling life to date and in other circumstances the sentence would be much more."
 
After finishing that sentence he launched random attacks on people near Grafton Street. When eventually 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.