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Gangland hitman found unconscious in prison is 'awake'

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Gary Campion
Gary Campion

A sister of Gary Campion has claimed the convicted murderer is 'awake' after being found unresponsive in Mountjoy Prison yesterday.

Celia Campion used her Facebook page to say "To everyone that's talking about Gary stop ye have no idea what we are going through and he awake x".

Sources have also confirmed to the Sunday World that the murderer is now conscious.

The 32-year-old was hospitalised yesterday morning a suspected drug overdose in the country's biggest prison.

Campion, a hired hitman for feuding criminal gangs, had made moves to appeal the two murder convictions last year.
 
Brian Fitzgerald, (34), was shot dead outside his home at Brookhaven Walk, Corbally, on November 29th, 2002, after finishing his shift at Docs night club.
 
Mr Fitzgerald who was head of security at the venue was killed when he refused to allow the Dundon/McCarthy gang sell drugs in the club.
 
Campion was convicted largely on the evidence of another hitman who was paid to shoot Mr Fitzgerald.
 
UK national James Martin Cahill, pulled the trigger and Campion drive him from the scene on a motorbike.
 
Cahill, who turned state witness, is also serving a life sentence for the murder.
 
Campion murdered his former associate Frank Ryan while they both sat in a car in Moyross on September 16, 2006.
 
Campion, who Gardai regarded as a psychopath, shot his friend in the head as he sat directly behind him in the vehicle.

He was found guilty of both murders in two separate Central Criminal Court trials and given two life sentences, first by Mr Justice Peter Charleton on November 15, 2007, and then by the late Mr Justice Paul Carney on May 28, 2009.
 
Campion has a long, ugly history of crime and violence and has spent a large part of his adult life in prison.
 
He has been implicated in four murders and was the first person to be convicted of two gangland killings.
 
The father of two previously threatened to kill a prison officer telling him he had shot people in Limerick for €10,000 and would have "no problem" paying twice that sum to have the officer shot dead.
 
"It wouldn’t be my first time," he told the officer.