Two prison officers were attacked in an incident at Mountjoy Prison yesterday while escorting an inmate serving a life sentence to a virtual doctor’s appointment.
Convicted murderer Seamus Fitzgerald, 35, faces disciplinary action after the men were beaten multiple times in the 3pm incident.
Fitzgerald, who murdered his father in 2006, once told a detective that he “always had on my mind to kill someone.”
This is about the 40th time the inmate described as “very troublesome” has been formally disciplined in the prison system.
The attack came just a day after an unrelated incident in which a female prison officer suffered minor injuries when she was “scratched” with a “scraper” while breaking up a brawl at Mountjoy Prison, while a male officer was also involved in the incident was injured.
According to the Irish Prison Officers Association (IPOA), a scuffle broke out between a group of up to 10 prisoners in the A3 section of Mountjoy Prison during “lockdown” on Tuesday afternoon.
Four prisoners have been identified as involved in the brawl and one of the inmates, who is being held on remand and cannot be identified for legal reasons, has already been given a ‘P19’ report to be given to prisoners who have broken prison rules and may result in varying penalties depending on the severity of the offence.
Prison insiders say Fitzgerald also received a P 19 yesterday for assaulting officers.
When contacted, a spokesman for the Irish Prisons Service said he could not comment on individual prisoners.
In May 2008, Fitzgerald was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his father, James Fitzgerald, 56, on January 8, 2006 in Lisgar, Baileborough, Co Cavan.
Prosecutors said he killed his father to steal money to buy a car.
The Central Criminal Court heard that Seamus was a “loving child,” but his attitude “changed completely” around the time of his junior cert, when he was 15.
Seamus started sniffing glue and aerosols at the age of 11, and then started smoking cannabis. He was prone to mood swings and aggressive behavior.
Psychiatrists told the court that he suffers from antisocial personality disorder (ASPD), which results in “a callous indifference to the feelings of others and a disregard for social norms.”
On the night of the murder, he was sitting at home in front of the television. He drank four cans of beer. His father and mother sat in the kitchen and also watched TV after returning with around €4,000 in earnings from their Baileborough grocery store. Mrs. Fitzgerald went to bed just after midnight.
The court heard that Seamus wanted to buy a car and had asked his sister for money. She told him she didn’t have that much money and he said he could ask his father.
Seamus told Gardaí he got it in his head to kill his father while he was watching the movie Goodfellas.
Mr. Fitzgerald Senior slept in the kitchen, upright in his chair. Seamus cut the cord from the phone and tried to strangle him with it – but Mr Fitzgerald Snr fell to the ground and the cord snapped. Seamus knelt over him and pressed both thumbs against his Adam’s apple.
He then dragged his father down a hallway to his bedroom and attempted to retrieve the body from the bedroom window.
Unsuccessfully, he dragged him back into the hallway, retrieved a knife, and stabbed his father four times. He then got a hammer and attacked his father’s wedding ring finger.
Seamus’ brother discovered his father’s body with the knife in his chest. The ring had not been removed from his bloodied and broken finger.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/troublesome-inmate-who-murdered-his-dad-attacks-two-prison-officers-41573669.html A ‘nuisance’ inmate who murdered his father attacks two prison officers