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Prison bosses shell out €300 on Playstation 3 for dangerous inmate

Dangerous: Leon Wright
Dangerous: Leon Wright

Prison bosses have shelled out hundreds of euros on a Playstation console to keep a dangerous inmate quiet, it has been reported.

A report in the Irish Daily Star claims Leon Wright (27), a particularly troublesome prisoner, has been given a new Playstation 3. 

Months after the Dublin man was the subject of a furore he has been upgraded to a more modern Playstation. 

Sources told the publication the 27-year-old criminal now spends most of his time playing the first-person shooter game Call of Duty. 

Wright, who is incarcerated at Portlaoise Prison, is considered so dangerous he is shadowed by riot squad officers whenever he leaves his cell. He has been moved to a cell closer to the gym as bosses try to limit his interaction with other inmates. 

Now, the Dubliner plays away much of his day on his €290 Playstation - at the taxpayer's expense. 

However, sources say the gameplay, combined with anger management classes, have resulted in a decrease in the number of incidents involving the prisoner. 

"It's all about protecting staff," a source told the Star. 

"There is no doubt that Wright is one of a number of challenging inmates in the system and we will do whatever has to be done to ensure the protection of the staff. 

"Some people may scoff at the idea of getting him a Playstation but if it helps keep staff safe then it will be money well spent. Staff are in a very dangerous job and anything that can be done to make their job less risky is worth it."

The decision to give him a Playstation came just weeks after he was involved in a row with riot-trained guards. It took four officers in riot gear to subdue him after a confrontation. 

Wright has attacked more than two dozen guards in his nine years behind bars. In one incident he broke a guard's nose . 

He has over 220 complaints against him in prison since being incarcerated for two violent attacks in Dublin city. Between prison stints he has racked up dozens of convictions for assault, firearm offences and robberies. 
The 27-year-old stabbed two people in completely random attacks on Grafton Street in 2013. He was out on bail when the attacks occurred.