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Nine assaults in 21 months Jailed thug reported to authorities for assaults against prison officers

Man admitted to stabbing his mother 19 times

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Celyn Eadon has attacked several officers

Celyn Eadon has attacked several officers

Celyn Eadon has attacked several officers

A man who this week pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his mother has been reported to authorities for assaults against prison officers on NINE separate occasions in the past 21 months.

On Thursday, Celyn Eadon (29), who is currently incarcerated in the National Violence Reduction Unit in the Midlands Prison, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to killing his 46-year-old mother Noreen Kelly at Derrycrieve, Islandeady, in Castlebar, on March 9, 2011.

The court heard his plea was accepted by the Director of Public Prosecutions

Eadon was 19-years-old when he killed his mother in the knife attack by stabbing her 19 times.

He was sentenced to the mandatory life sentence in February 2014 when a jury found him guilty of the murder of his mother by unanimous verdict.

However, Eadon had his conviction for murder overturned in December of 2019 when a five-judge Supreme Court ruled it was unsafe.

The Central Criminal Court heard on Thursday that Eadon's plea of guilty to the offence of manslaughter was acceptable to the DPP.

Eadon was then remanded in custody until November 16 for sentencing.

Sources say that while in custody Eadon has built up a "significant history of violent offences" against prison officers.

Concern

In the past 21 months alone he has assaulted prison officers on nine separate occasions - six of which occurred in 2019 with the remaining three occurring this year.

"There would be a degree of concern surrounding this inmate's mental health and a school of thought amongst officers that he would be more suited to incarceration in the Central Mental Hospital than a prison," a source told the Sunday World.

In April of this year, Eadon received an additional prison sentence of four months after Dublin District Court heard how he assaulted a prison guard while he was being held at Dublin's Criminal Courts of Justice.

The court heard he had lashed out while in custody, swung punches and inflicted scrapes on a prison officer's arms on May 18, 2018.

Dublin District Court was told the accused was in the custody area when he began swinging his fists in the direction of the victim.

He had to be restrained and lashed out as he struggled on the ground, the court was told.

The prison officer, who suffered superficial scrapes and scratches to his arms, did not wish to make a victim-impact statement.

The court was told Eadon had 12 previous convictions for offences including multiple counts of assault.

He was from the west of Ireland and leading an "entirely isolated existence" in custody, his solicitor Damien Coffey said.

Eadon began dabbling in drugs at a young age and drug use "rapidly took over his life", Mr Coffey said.

He had experienced a lot of difficulties in Wheatfield Prison and some of his previous convictions were for assault while in custody.

Eadon was now in a protection unit at the Midlands Prison and he was "much improved", Mr Coffey said. He had "difficulties in dealing with prison officers" and accepted his responsibility for the assault.

Sentencing Eadon to four months in custody in April, Judge Daly said the offence was at the mid point on the scale and he would give the accused credit for his guilty plea.

However, he noted Eadon had a "significant history of violent offences".