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Thug who tortured and clubbed homeless man to death caught with iron bar in jail

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
Ciaran Moran
Ciaran Moran

DOUBLE-KILLER Ciaran Moran, the thug who clubbed a homeless man to death in the Phoenix Park, has been caught with a weapon in the Midlands Prison.

The crazed thug was caught with an iron bar concealed in the leg of his trousers as he returned to his cell in the prison’s A-Division on Monday morning.

Violent thug Moran is currently serving a life sentence for clubbing homeless man Gerard Donnelly (36), to death and then setting him on fire in the Phoenix Park, in the early hours of November 29, 2013.

The shocking tools of torture used to maim and kill Gerard Donnelly can be seen here.

Sources say Moran was caught with the bar after he asked to return to his cell early following an exercise period in the yard.

Officers believe the discovery of the bar may have prevented Moran – who beat another ‘pal’, Keith Flanagan, to death seven weeks before the Phoenix Park killing – from attacking another inmate.

The incident happened two days before career thief and drug addict Shane Coffey had his face sliced open in a “bloodbath” in the showers of Mountjoy Prison.

Coffey – who most recently appeared in court charged with stealing apple tarts from a supermarket in Dublin – has been under protection in the C-Base for several months.

Coffey and three other inmates – with whom he had been approved to associate – were showering in the C-Base washing area at 2pm on Thursday when he was attacked and had his face repeatedly sliced open with a shiv.

A source said he was bleeding out on the shower room floor when the area was reopened by a prison officer to bring the four inmates back to their cells.

A source told the Sunday World: “Coffey was in protection over a threat relating to his drug use.

“The inmates he was associating with had no personal gripe against him, but it appears the order came down and one of them attacked him to clear a drug debt of their own.”

Coffey was treated by medics at the scene and later transferred to the Mater Hospital, where he remained yesterday.

At his most recent court appearance in April, gardaí told how after being arrested for stealing apple tarts from a supermarket, the Clontarf man told them he had done it because he was hungry.

Last September 10, gardaí detained Coffey for a search at Store Street Garda Station. He was found in possession of a mobile phone that had been stolen from a jacket at the Sean McDermott Street swimming pool.

At Balbriggan train station last October 23, a train was stopped due to unruly behaviour and Coffey was taken off. He was highly intoxicated and a danger to himself and others.

The court heard he had a large number of previous convictions and a long-standing drug addiction.