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down and out Double killer looks pale and frail during visit to Dublin hospital

During brief respite from medical treatment in hospital, 53-year-old Morgan looked pale and drawn as he slumped to smoke a cigarette.

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Seamus Morgan outside a Dublin hospital this week

Seamus Morgan outside a Dublin hospital this week

Convicted double killer Seamus Morgan pictured last week

Convicted double killer Seamus Morgan pictured last week

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Seamus Morgan outside a Dublin hospital this week

Double killer Seamus Morgan looked a shadow of his former self as he stands, cuffed to a prison officer, outside a Dublin hospital last week.

During a brief respite from medical treatment in the hospital, the 53-year-old appeared pale and drawn as he slumped to the ground to smoke a cigarette.

Kildare native Morgan, the brother of notorious pimp Martin 'The Beast' Morgan is currently serving a life sentence in Mountjoy Prison for the savage killing of dissident republican Larry Keane.

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Dissident republican Larry Keane was killed in an alleyway in Athy.

Dissident republican Larry Keane was killed in an alleyway in Athy.

Dissident republican Larry Keane was killed in an alleyway in Athy.

Morgan was convicted of murdering 56-year-old Keane in Athy, Co Kildare on July 19, 2013 after a jury of three men and nine women found him guilty in January of 2016 by unanimous verdict.

The court heard Mr Keane was "very badly battered about the head with an object which caused severe fracturing of his skull in at least four places".

He died in Naas General Hospital as a result of his injuries.

Witnesses said they saw him and Morgan together on the night and right up to the time of the murder.

The court heard there was "ill will" between the two.

Prosecution counsel Mr Tom O'Connell said: "He [Morgan] admitted to gardai he had been in the laneway with Mr Keane and there was long-standing animosity between the two men.

"He was subsequently rearrested on April 17, 2014, as some new evidence had come to light."

Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis told the court the cause of death was "severe blunt force trauma to the head".

He added: "The deceased had been struck 10 significant blows to his head on both sides and there were lacerations of full and partial thickness.

"An examination of the brain showed there had been severe bruising to the tissue of the brain."

Victim Keane was known to the authorities for his role in a suspected plot to bomb the Aintree Grand National.

In 1998, he pleaded guilty to having 980lb of an explosive mixture and devices, with the intent to endanger life or enable another to do so, at Dun Laoghaire Port on April 2 of the same year.

He was sentenced to 15 years in jail but the term was reduced to 10 years on appeal.

The court heard the explosives were twice the size of the bomb used by the Real IRA in Omagh in 1998.

Gardai believed the likely target of the Real IRA plot in which Keane was nabbed was the Aintree Grand National.

At Morgan's sentencing hearing, prosecution counsel O'Connell read a victim impact statement to the court on behalf of Laurence Keane's family.

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Killer Morgan in custody 16 years ago

Killer Morgan in custody 16 years ago

Killer Morgan in custody 16 years ago

It read: "Little did we know on the morning of July 18, 2013, as day turned into night how our lives would change forever. This is a day in our lives we will never forget".

The court heard Keane was "a father, a grandfather, a brother, an uncle and a friend to many people".

The statement described him as "always in good humour, talkative and outgoing" but "vulnerable, frail and disabled - helpless without the aid of his walking stick".

It added: "Larry lost his life in the most traumatic way, not far from the home he shared with his son Laurence. We will never know what his last words or thoughts were."

The court heard there was now a void in his family "that can never be filled" and the family are living a nightmare they "will never be able to wake up from".

Morgan had previously been jailed for eight years in July 2005 after a jury found him not guilty of murder but guilty of the manslaughter of 29-year-old James Hand, who was stabbed to death outside a Dublin pub.


He had pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Hand at The Meeting Point pub on Dorset Street Upper.

During his first murder trial, evidence was given about Morgan's psychiatric problems and the court heard how he was on four different medications at the time he stabbed James Hand to death in 2002.

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He claimed he lashed out with a weapon in self-defence after being attacked by Hand.

Nothing was heard in court during the second trial about the reason behind Keane's murder, except that there had been "long standing ill will" between the two men.

Morgan's brother Martin 'The Beast' Morgan had stood by him during his trial for the killing of James Hand but sources said he turned his back on him after he killed dissident Republican Keane.

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Seamus’s brother, notorious pimp Martin ‘The Beast’ Morgan

Seamus’s brother, notorious pimp Martin ‘The Beast’ Morgan

Seamus’s brother, notorious pimp Martin ‘The Beast’ Morgan

The Sunday World previously reported on how Martin was the only member of the family who showed up during the 2005 trial, which lasted eight-days.

However, the millionaire pimp Martin cut ties with his killer brother and didn't even put up bail cash before his trial for Keane's killing.

"It is possible Martin didn't want to draw any attention from dissident republicans by standing up for his brother and kept his head down," a source told the Sunday World at the time.


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