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drug attack Tommy 'the Zombie' Savage's son saves prison officer during 3am horror beating

Savage Jnr intervened to save the officer as he was being assaulted by a drug and booze fuelled inmate with the pole from a paint roller


Tommy Savage jnr

Tommy Savage jnr

Tommy Savage jnr

Convicted robber Tommy Savage Jnr (48) saved a prison officer during a horror 3am attack in Loughan House open prison.

Savage Jnr, the son of recently deceased gangster Tommy 'the Zombie' Savage intervened to save the officer as he was being assaulted by a drug and booze fuelled inmate with the pole from a painting roller.

Sources have confirmed to the Sunday World that Savage Jnr, also known as Thomas O'Neill, came to the officer's aid as his attacker was smashing the pole into his face.

"He pulled the inmate off him and it's a good thing he did, or the damage could have been far worse," a source confirmed to the Sunday World.

The inmate who attacked the officer is understood to have been on a 'gin and zimmo' bender after he successfully smuggled the contraband into the open prison.


Tommy ‘the Zombie’ Savage

Tommy ‘the Zombie’ Savage

Tommy ‘the Zombie’ Savage


"The injured officer would be highly experienced and have more than 30 years in the job," the source said. "He was doing his 3am rounds when he was attacked. The fella who attacked him wouldn't normally be considered a violent or even aggressive kind of an inmate, but he was full of zimmos and gin.

"He came out the door at the officer and started beating him across the head and face with the pole of a painting brush."

The source continued that Tommy Savage Jnr was one of two inmates to intervene and drag the inmate off the officer.

The officer, who sustained lacerations to his face and head in the attack, was rushed to Sligo General Hospital in the aftermath of the attack before being moved to Galway where he was assessed to see whether surgery may be required to repair the damage.

The inmate who attacked him is currently serving a three-and-a half year sentence for committing a series of knife-point robberies while on bail for earlier robberies. His trial heard how, at the time of the offences, the inmate was addicted to cocaine and Valium and that this addiction 'resulted' in these offences.

The court heard the man led an unblemished life prior to these offences and it was claimed he was now clean of drugs.

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In a statement to the Sunday World, the Irish Prison Service confirmed that the attack on the officer had been reported to gardai.

Tommy Savage Jnr is the son of Tommy 'the Zombie' Savage, who passed away following a heart attack earlier this month.

Tommy Junior is currently serving a six-year sentence for aggravated robbery.

In December of 2018 he broke into the home of a man in Cork, who woke to find him moving around the house he shared with his wife and four children.

"To my horror, I woke to see a masked stranger standing over me. I saw he had my heavy-duty yard brush in his hands. I shouted at him," the man told Savage's trial.

"Without warning or reason, he lifted the yard brush in both hands above his head and struck me twice with it with force. He was aiming for my head. I will never forget the mad glare in his eyes as he struck me. I really thought he was going to kill me."

O'Neill made no admissions when he was questioned about the break-in but pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary.

The court heard that Savage Jnr, a native of Swords, Co Dublin, but with an address at the time at Haven Cottage, Farnivane, Bandon, was on bail for a similar offence at the time and had 20 previous convictions.

The court accepted he was a heroin addict who was on a methadone programme. Savage was sentenced to eight years with the final two years suspended.

A source said Monday morning's incident would be reviewed by management in Loughan House in order to ensure there would be no repeats of the incident.

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