Murderer attempted to choke a prison officer in Portlaoise last night

Darren Wynne
Darren Wynne

Murderer Darren Wynne attacked a prison officer in Portlaoise last night, the latest in a string of such violent attacks in Irish jails.

The incident happened last night at 7pm on the C1 landing in the prison, home to some of Ireland's most dangerous convicts.

Wynne was let out of his cell and he immediately grabbed a prison officer by the neck and tried to choke him.

Another officer was also injured in the attack.

The assault is just the latest in a string of incidents involving violent attacks by prisoners in recent weeks.

On Tuesday, a prisoner from Mountjoy sprayed prison officers with his blood when they tried to take drugs from him.

Two weeks ago two prison officers had to be hospitalised after an assult in Mountjoy and that attack came just days after notorious killer Jeffrey Dumbrell knocked a prison nurse out with a punch.

Wynne is serving life in prison for the murder of best friend Jamie Lindsay at Coney Green, Coneyboro, Athy on April 6, 2013.

Wynne shot Lindsay in his right eye at almost point blank range with a sawn-off shotgun after a background of mutual threats. 

In July of last year the 22-year-old was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison.