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VIOLENT THUG Jailhouse killer Brian Veale who stabbed prisoner to death over TV row admits attacking officers

Veale pleaded guilty to assaulting prison officers Michael McGrath and David Glynn in the Midlands Prison on July 21, 2019

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Brian Veale was jailed for life for killing a fellow inmate

Brian Veale was jailed for life for killing a fellow inmate

Brian Veale was jailed for life for killing a fellow inmate

Jailhouse killer Brian Veale, who stabbed another inmate to death in a row over the television, has admitted to attacking two prison officers in the Midlands Prison.

Veale appeared before Tullamore Circuit Court on Tuesday of last week where he pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on a peace officer.

Appearing by video-link, Veale pleaded guilty to assaulting prison officer Michael McGrath in the Midlands Prison on July 21, 2019.

He further pleaded guilty to assaulting prison officer David Glynn in the same prison on the same date.

The case was adjourned to March 3 to allow for the preparation of victim impact statements from both officers.

Veale could now face additional jail terms of up to five years on each count.

The killer, who has a history of carrying out violent attacks, was jailed for life in 2016 over the murder of fellow inmate Graham Johnson in the kitchen of Cork Prison by stabbing him through the heart with a carving knife.

He had pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Johnson at Cork Prison, Rathmore Rd, on May 16, 2015.

But, on October 26, 2016, a jury deliberated for almost two hours before finding Veale guilty of murder.

Prosecution counsel Tim O'Leary called Inspector Vincent O'Sullivan, from Anglesea St Garda Station to give evidence. Insp O'Sullivan said Veale moved to Cork at the end of 2014.

"He had issues with alcohol but then started taking heroin and he got into trouble and was committing crimes," he said.

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The court heard Veale was in a relationship with a woman and living in Cork before he was charged with a robbery offence and remanded in Cork Prison in February 2015.

"He was on remand solely on a robbery and an attempted robbery charge and that is why he was in Cork Prison at the time," said Insp O'Sullivan.

"He has a lot of criminal damage and public order offences and his first serious offence was in 2009 when he got four years with one suspended for stabbing another male at a party," said Insp O'Sullivan.

The court heard that after he was stabbed, an autopsy concluded that Mr Johnson died from a single stab wound to the chest.

"The knife used was available to the kitchen staff in Cork Prison," said Insp O'Sullivan.

The court heard that Veale was identified by a number of other inmates as the person who used the knife and stabbed the deceased.

"Various individuals suggested Mr Veale was involved in the incident as an argument had occurred between Mr Johnson and Mr Veale two hours previously," said Insp O'Sullivan.

He agreed with Mr O'Leary that an argument had developed over "a channel playing on the television in the kitchen".

"Mr Johnson was very into horse racing and he wanted to watch that and Mr Veale wanted to watch Sky Sports Live to see scores in the matches," said Insp O'Sullivan.

The court heard that a confrontation between the men occurred but it was broken up by a prison officer.

Veale later took a "large knife" which had been on a table and "inserted the knife into Mr Johnson's chest area".

Insp O'Sullivan agreed with counsel that the knife "went right through Mr Johnson's body and hit his back bone".

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