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new leaf One of Ireland's most notorious criminals Jeffrey Dumbrell gets green light for open prison

At one point he was regarded as one of the most high-risk prisoners in the country due to his volatile nature.


Jeffrey Dumbrell

Jeffrey Dumbrell

Jeffrey Dumbrell

ONE of Ireland’s most infamous inmates has been given the green light for an open prison after turning over a new leaf.

Jeffrey Dumbrell who is serving a life sentence for murder had previously been feared for his violence behind bars but has now become a ‘model prisoner’.

Sources this week confirmed that the killer has recently been recommended for a low-security prison regime by the Parole Board.

It would allow him to be moved to facilities such as Shelton Abbey in Wicklow, Loughan House in Cavan or Harristown House in Co Roscommon, where inmates can leave for work or training.

The approval recognises his new attitude and comes despite his earlier violent record which included threats and attacks in prison staff including one on a female nurse.

At one point he was regarded as one of the most high-risk prisoners in the country due to his volatile nature.

Any decision to follow the Parole Board’s recommendation remains with prison bosses and will depend on whether any suitable places are available for him.

It could even be a number of years before he’s allowed to start the process.

A spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service declined to make any comment on the Parole Board decision.


Christopher Cawley

Christopher Cawley

Christopher Cawley

Dumbrell is serving a life sentence for the murder of Christopher Cawley in 2006 for which his brother Warren Dumbrell was also convicted.

Warren also became notorious in the prison system having once been a participant in the 1997 Mountjoy Siege in which a number of officers were subjected to a terrifying hostage ordeal.

The Cawley murder came while Warren was on one of his few stints outside of prison at a flat complex in Inchicore.

The Dumbrell brothers attacked the man with hurley and knife in a shocking assault witnessed by the man’s wife and children.

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They continued the attack in a stairwell when Cawley had fallen over despite pleas from his wife to stop.

Such was the brothers’ reputation for violence, a special security operation was put in place during the murder trial.

There was even a wildcat action by prison officers at the Midlands Prison when a decision was made to transfer Warren Dumbrell to the Co Laois facility.

While in Wheatfield Prison Jeffrey Dumbrell became involved in a number of altercations and was the subject of disciplinary reports several times.

In one case he threatened to “rip off” the head of a prison officer and in another punched a female nurse who was giving him medication.

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