Vicious killer Dumbrell gets €40k garden in prison
A killer on a life sentence for killing a dad-of-six is to get a garden - costing up to €40,000 - to help his rehabilitation.
Inchicore native Warren Dumbrell (41) is on segregation in the Midlands Prison where he has been served with dozens of warnings for breach of prison discipline.
He also has a history of violence towards jail staff, senior prison officers have claimed.
Sources revealed that Dumbrell would now be the main prisoner to benefit from the new garden, estimated to cost around €40k.
At the annual Prison Officers' Association conference in Athlone yesterday, POA deputy general secretary Jim Mitchell said it was outrageous that prisoners were receiving what the POA called "rewards for violent behaviour".
"This year we have a garden being developed for one of the most violent prisoners within the system. We have to ask ourselves, where do we go next? Is it a holiday in Spain for maiming or really hurting one of our people?" he said.
"We believe this policy of appeasement doesn't work, hasn't worked and will continue to de-incentivise any prisoners who actually wants to improve themselves while inside.
"They turn around and see a guy who strikes prison officers, assaults them, really hurts them and then they say - 'Wait a minute. You're getting all this ... why should I behave?'," he added.
"The POA have been behind every type of incentivised regime for prisoners within the system, but we think that a person has to behave properly first," Mr Mitchell told the Herald.
"We believe it's for one specific individual - this individual would be well known to us for causing us a severe amount of difficulties over an extended period of time.
"He is the primary individual that this is being targeted at. They (the prison service) are saying: 'We're going to have a garden for you and we're going to walk you around the garden and then you're going to behave really well towards prison officers'.
"Does anybody really believe that for a minute?"
It is understood the Irish Prison Service will claim the garden is for the use of more than one prisoner and was suggested by prison authorities, not inmates.
Warren was jailed with his brother Jeffrey (35) in February 2011 for the brutal murder of Christopher Cawley at Tyrone Place flats in Inchicore.
In October 2006 Mr Cawley was attacked and fatally stabbed on the stairway of the flat complex where he lived.
The court heard his wife Janette, five-year-old son and eldest daughter saw the attack.
The little boy, his mother told the court during the Dumbrells' trial, became mute for three months after watching his father being butchered.
The court also heard that while the victim's daughter was collapsed screaming on the ground, one of the Dumbrells said: "Your Daddy's gone now."
The row began when another Dumbrell brother, Tommy, had a row with Cawley on a bus earlier in the day.
Warren, who has 27 previous convictions, was out of jail for just two months when he murdered Mr Cawley.
He also led the vicious Mountjoy Prison riot in 1997 when five warders were taken hostage.
Another Dumbrell brother, Leroy (29), is described as one of the most dangerous in the prison system.
In 2002, he was one of three youths who tortured a middle-aged woman in her home in south Dublin, setting her clothes alight, then pouring boiling hot water over her during an aggravated burglary.