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Thug who waved penis at judge found in pool of blood in prison shower

Brian Joyce (Press 22)
Brian Joyce (Press 22)

A man who pulled down his pants, mooned and waved his penis at Judge Patrick Durcan was found lying in a pool of his own blood in the shows at Limerick Prison on Sunday night.

21-year-old Brian Joyce, who is a member of the Travelling community, was savagely beaten and left with a fractured skull after the attack.

Last night, Joyce, from Ennis, Co Clare, remained in a serious condition in hospital. He is not expected to be well enough to show up for a hearing at the local district court tomorrow.

The Irish Independent reports that jail bosses have not yet identified who attacked Joyce in the showers, but are investigating whether a Limerick criminal was behind the brutal assault.

"This man suffered a depressed fracture to his skull. It seems that this was a targeted attack which involves associates of the young man on the outside," a source said last night.

Joyce was in custody since last Friday when proceedings at Ennis District Court grinded to a halt after he pulled down his pants and slapped his bare arse before spinning around and mauling his penis while shouting at the Judge Patrick Durcan.

Judge Patrick Durcan

The grotesque scene occurred after the lawmaker refused to grant the Joyce’s younger brother bail. 

A melee ensued in court as gardai restrained the 24-year old and his 18 year old brother, who was also lashing out.

One officer was assaulted during the incident.

After 20 minutes of disturbance the court re-commenced.

The two Ennis men were before the court on Section 3 assault charges on a 17-year-old male.

Both men were handcuffed by gardai, who also cleared the courtroom of any family and friends of the two.

At the resumed hearing, Judge Durcan remanded the two men in custody.

The Irish Independent reports that Inspector Tom Kennedy said after court:

“What happened was incredible and to see someone moon at a judge and then show his genitals to the court and hold them in his hand was an affront to the administration of justice in the court. Why someone would do that, I just don't know.

“It is something that members of the general public did not to have witness what occurred today. Judge Durcan was also horrified by what he had witnessed."