Ex-Garda John ‘Spud’ Murphy shares prison wing with two other disgraced former Gardaí

Disgraced ex-Garda officer John ‘Spud’ Murphy is now being held at Midlands Jail in a cell near a disgraced Garda officer.

Sources have confirmed to the Sunday World that Murphy’s cell is in the E1 wing of the prison, along with former Garda Paul Moody.

Murphy, 63, was sentenced to six and a half years in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to possession of €260,000 worth of cannabis at his Dublin home last year and is likely to face further charges related to confidential information passed to the Hutch gang.

Paul Moody, another ex-Garda, was jailed for three years and three months for a four-year campaign of harassment, threats, assaults and coercion against his ex-partner who has cancer.

The abuse came to light when Moody voluntarily gave his mobile phone to the Gardaí after making a false accusation against one of the woman’s relatives.

Another ex-Garda on E-Wing is Stephen Cooper, 37, who was sentenced to six years in prison earlier this year for assaulting two women – including one in which he internally inserted his fingers into his victim after he accused her of stealing his drugs.

In 2014 he was sentenced to three years in prison for criminal offenses while he was a serving Garda.

One of the offenses stemmed from allowing another man to be wrongfully prosecuted for possession of drugs found during a search at the Electric Picnic Music Festival in 2009.

Cooper was also charged with stealing a bag of cannabis worth €560 from Sundrive Garda Station on May 27, 2010, but the charges were dropped by prosecutors.

Sources indicate that there are at least two other ex-Gardaís currently in prison for sex offenses who have not been named to protect the anonymity of their victims.

Murphy was jailed earlier this month after being caught holding nearly €260,000 worth of cannabis resin.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that John Murphy, 62, had accumulated €855,000 in financial debt as a result of poor business decisions in the 10 years after leaving the force.

Michael O’Higgins SC, defending himself, said Murphy had “whatever the opposite of Midas is” and that any investments he had made “went down the drain”.

The attorney said Murphy consumed large amounts of alcohol every day “for as long as anyone could remember” and was a functioning alcoholic. He said his drinking “clouded his judgment and brought him to this sad pass.”

Judge Martin Nolan convicted him, saying Murphy withheld the drugs for some sort of monetary reward to help pay off his debt, but that “he should have known better.”

Murphy appeared before District Court with signed pleas of guilt filed in Dublin District Court on 29 September 2021 for an offense of possession for sale or supply of cannabis at his home in Clontarf, North Dublin.

Garda Inspector Brian Hanley of the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation told prosecutors Maddie Grant BL that Gardaí obtained a search warrant for Murphy’s home in September 2021 based on confidential information.

During the search, they found eight bags of herbal cannabis in a bag in the walk-in closet of an upstairs bedroom. Seven vacuum-packed bags of cannabis were found hidden in a coal bunker behind the house, and another five bags of cannabis were found in Murphy’s car.

The court heard CCTV footage was harvested from an industrial area in Co. Meath showing Murphy collecting the bags of cannabis and placing them in his car.

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