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Prisoners who sliced Nadine Lott killer open ‘from temple to chin’ in brutal attack identified

Brute Murtagh – who is serving life for beating the mum-of-one to death – has been left scarred for life after the attack

Killer Daniel Murtagh

Brutal thug Daniel Murtagh with his ex-girlfriend Nadine Lott

Patrick O'ConnellSunday World

Two low-level thugs have been identified by prison bosses as responsible for the ‘turf-war’ attack on evil killer Daniel Murtagh – during which he had his face sliced open ‘from temple to chin.’

Brute Murtagh – who is serving life for beating his ex-girlfriend and mum-of-one Nadine Lott to death – has been left scarred for life after the attack on the B1 landing on Tuesday.

The Sunday World has now established the identities of the inmates who attacked the vile killer.

We understand Murtagh was approached by two inmates, Stephen Farrell, from John Sweeney Park, Carlow, and Brendan O’Neill, with addresses in Mountmellick, Laois and Tullamore, in a common area on the landing.

Farrell then punched Murtagh twice in the head before O’Neill used a shiv, a razor melted into a toothbrush handle – to slice the killer’s face open.

Brutal thug Daniel Murtagh with his ex-girlfriend Nadine Lott

“The attack was carried out in seconds,” a source told the Sunday World.

“It was lightning quick.

“The damage was done before prison officers had a chance to realise what was happening. It was obviously premeditated.”

Following the attack, Murtagh was rushed to Portlaoise Hospital for treatment.

He remained under guard at the hospital overnight before being returned to custody in the Midlands Prison on Wednesday.

Sources said both Farrell and O’Neill have been subjected to stiff disciplinary proceedings, known as P19s. Both have lost all jail privileges and were removed from the B1 landing.

O’Neill (33), a serial offender, is serving a two-year sentence for criminal damage at Cloghan, Offaly and assault on a member of An Garda Síochána.

He received a four-year sentence, with the two final years suspended, on July 19, 2022.

Stephen Farrell (30)

received an 18-month prison sentence for a host of thefts in the county in March of last year.

Sources said the pair also rowed with Kinahan cartel gangster Gary Thompson – regarded as a close pal of Daniel Murtagh – a couple of weeks ago.

Thompson was one of three men caught “red-handed” in a Kinahan cartel plot to carry out the “execution style” murder ofPatsy Hutch at the height of the Kinahan feud.

“The belief is that both incidents are connected and relate to a struggle for power within the jail,” a source said.

“Thompson and Murtagh would see themselves as big men, but Farrell and O’Neill are locals and they view the Midlands as home territory.

“Thompson has a big reputation and would have been moved out of Mountjoy previously after he established himself as ‘top dog’ in the drug trade into the prison.

“But the locals are less than keen on his establishing himself in a similar way down here.”

Brute Murtagh (36) of Melrose Grove, Bawnogue, Clondalkin is serving a life sentence for the murder of his 30-year-old ex-girlfriend Nadine.

The attack happened on December 14th, 2019 at mum-of-one Nadine’s apartment in St Mary’s Court, Arklow.

He beat Nadine, the mother of his daughter, so badly she was barely recognisable. She died three days later, on December 17 in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin.

Tuesday’s attack on Murtagh has now been referred to gardaí, but it is believed unlikely he will give a statement ‘for fear of being labelled a rat.’

Contacted this week, a spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service said she could not comment on matters relating to individual inmates.

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