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Shebani (36) has links to some of Dublin's most notorious criminals, including the gang boss known as Mr Big

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Niall Shebani is charged with slashing four prison wardens

Niall Shebani is charged with slashing four prison wardens

Niall Shebani is charged with slashing four prison wardens

Gangster Niall Shebani has been charged with attacking four guards at Maghaberry Prison - on the same day he was sentenced to five years for a vicious knife attack, it has emerged.

The 37-year-old was jailed last September for slashing a man in the face with a knife, leaving him with a seven-inch slash wound.

On September 1, he was ordered to serve five years behind bars for the brutal attack, with half of his sentence to be served behind bars and the other half on licence.

But Shebani was back in court this week, charged with attacking four prison officers at the maximum-security prison in Co. Antrim.

Shebani (36), is originally from Donaghmede, has links to some of Dublin's most notorious criminals, including the gang boss known as Mr Big.

His associates are prime suspects for the murders of Mark Noonan and Glen Murphy.

The innocent cousins were shot dead at the Tesco Clearwater service station in Finglas on November 23, 2010, in a case of mistaken identity.

This week, a court was told the alleged assaults on prison staff took place on September 1 - the day Shebani was sentenced for the knife attack.

Although he did not appear at Lisburn Magistrates Court last Monday the convicted thug is charged with three counts of common assault on two men and a woman and a further charge of causing actual bodily harm to a fourth male officer.

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The alleged assaults occurred while Niall Shebani was in prison

The alleged assaults occurred while Niall Shebani was in prison

The alleged assaults occurred while Niall Shebani was in prison

 

Originally from Dublin but with an address at Gullion View in Meigh, is alleged to have attacked the guards on September 1 last year.

None of the facts surrounding the allegations were opened in court and District Judge Trevor Browne deemed the PPS summons as not served and adjourned the case generally.

Shebani is currently behind bars after being jailed for being was part of three-man gang who carried out a horrific attack on a man in Newry three years ago.

Sources say Shebani left Northern Ireland for the Netherlands in the wake of the attack but later returned to face justice.

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Detectives from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Criminal Investigation Department in Newry welcomed the sentencing of Shebani and two other men in connection with the attack last September.

Detective Sergeant James Johnston said: "The victim was walking on Canal Street when he was attacked close to the Merchants Quay Junction."

The gang arrived in a silver VW Golf before Shebani and his associate Stephen Morgan jumped out and attacked the victim. Shebani slashed the victim across the face leaving him with a seven-inch slash wound.

"He suffered severe facial injuries when slashed with a knife causing him to fall to the ground. The assailants then kicked him while he lay on the ground causing him to lose consciousness," Det Sgt Johnston said.

As well as the slash to the face the victim suffered a slash wound to the upper arm, as well as cuts and bruises.

Stephen Morgan (26), from Chancellor's Hall, Newry, was sentenced to 180 hours of community service for his involvement in the attack.

Danny McDonald (27), from Drumalane Road, was sentenced to a combination order including community service and probation for aiding and abetting wounding with intent, driving while disqualified and no insurance.

"These men violently attacked a young man who was walking along the street, causing severe wounds to his face," the senior officer said.

"The victim was fortunate their injuries were not more serious. Despite limited investigative opportunities detectives were able to identify the assailants from CCTV images."

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