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Victim of Mountjoy jail assault pictured as gardai to launch murder inquiry

Robert O’Connor (34) was rushed to the Mater hospital after fellow inmates launched the brutal attack in the man's cell in the Dublin prison
Robert O'Connor

Robert O'Connor

Ken FoySunday World

This is the inmate who died following a serious assault in Mountjoy Prison on Friday evening.

Robert O’Connor (34) was rushed to the Mater hospital after fellow inmates launched the brutal attack in the man's cell in the Dublin prison.

He was fighting for his life in ICU after sustaining a serious brain injury before his death was confirmed this morning.

The victim, from Darndale in north Dublin had been sentenced to six and half years just two days earlier.

One of the five suspects for involvement in the attack is a Kinahan cartel member who was previously arrested by gardai investigating a feud murder.

Sources say he is one of five men believed to have been seen on CCTV coming to and from cells before and after the attack on the prison’s C Wing last Friday.

He and three other inmates were singled out as suspects in the aftermath of the horror assault.

However, the Sunday World has since learned that O’Connor is thought to have been lured to a cell by a fifth inmate for a ‘straightener’ to settle a dispute.

The ventilator that was keeping him alive at Dublin’s Mater Hospital was switched off last night and detectives from Mountjoy Garda Station are now preparing to launch a murder investigation.

O’Connor had been remanded in custody in Cloverhill Prison since last October but was moved to Mountjoy in February after getting a six-month sentence for a separate offence.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of a semi-automatic pistol in Finglas on October 13, 2021.

O’Connor’s previous convictions include drugs offences, stealing cars, criminal damage, theft and road traffic offences.

One of the suspects thought to have played a role in the attack is serving a sentence for a similar offence.

The serious criminal was jailed for possession of the gun, which gardai believed was to be used in a planned feud hit.

The criminal, regarded as a key link in Kinahan’s outfit, was arrested after a surveillance operation by gardai from the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau.

O’Connor was not a major player in any of the prominent criminal gangs but he did suffer from serious drug issues.

Of the suspects identified, one is linked to the cartel while another is serving a lengthy sentence for an aggravated burglary.

All are from the capital’s northside and are considered extremely violent criminals.

In a statement this morning, the Irish Prison Service confirmed the news.

“The Irish Prison Service can confirm that the prisoner who was seriously injured in an incident in Mountjoy Prison on Friday 29th July 2022 has died.”

“We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.”

The incident continues to be investigated by the IPS and the Gardai.


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