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unprovoked attack Infamous prisoner Celyn Eadon gets four months for attack on prison officer

Celyn Eadon hit a prisoner officer in the back of the head despite being handcuffed at the time in what was described as an unprovoked attack

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Celyn Eadon

Celyn Eadon

One of Ireland’s most violent prisoners told a judge he launched an attack on jail staff because “all the prison officers were annoying me.”

Celyn Eadon hit a prisoner officer in the back of the head despite being handcuffed at the time in what was described as an unprovoked attack at the Midlands Prison.

Portlaoise District Court heard Eadon was going through a difficult period but now had a release date in September this year.

Eadon, from Castlebar, was imprisoned after knifing his mother Noreen Kelly to death in 2011 when she burned his drugs stash.

His murder conviction was quashed by the Supreme Court in 2019 and he plead guilty to manslaughter at a new trial earlier this year where he got 14 years.

Judge Catherine Staines imposed a four-month sentence for the assault which happened last September at the prison.

The psychotic killer has 13 previous convictions including an attack on a fellow inmate in 2017.

He also got a two-and-a-half-year jail term for throwing boiling water at another prison officer in Mountjoy.

In another incident Eadon attacked a worker in Wheatfield and caused injuries to his arm and shoulders and attacked prison officers while being brought from his cell to another part of the prison.

Because of his violent behaviour he has been the subject to barrier handling in which officers in full riot gear and shields are brought in if he has to be moved anywhere within a prison.

He was one of the first prisoners sent to the specialist National Violence Reduction Unit in Portlaoise

Details of Eadon’s disturbed and violent behaviour has emerged during various legal hearings.

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At an inquest into Noreen Kelly’s death her partner Michael Kelly said that she would still be alive but for “a miscarriage of justice.”

Three weeks before the 2011 killing Noreen had accompanied her son to the court where he faced a charge of not turning up in court.

He added that the judge sentenced Eadon to ten days in prison and ordered that a psychiatric evaluation be carried out.

However, Eadon walked free from the court and was not arrested until after his mother’s murder.

During his initial murder trial in 2014 it was heard how Eadon had begun taking drugs at an early age and by the time of his mother’s death he was taking amphetamines, methamphetamines and cannabis along with prescription medication.

When aged just 19 he stabbed his mother 19 times at their home in Co Mayo in a horrifying assault.

At this year’s trial Mr Justice Michael White said today that Eadon remains at risk of inflicting violence on the public and said there was "an urgent need" that he be released in a structured manner and be supervised in the community.

The judge also pointed out that Eadon had attacked prison staff eight times while in prison.

During the hearing Eadon asked the judge a number of times "what's my release date?".

Mr Justice White imposed a number of conditions relating to the two-year suspended part of the sentence that a high priority be given to Eadon's "structural release".

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