A Kinahan cartel gunman was attacked by another cartel hitman behind bars and scalded with boiling water.
Investigations have begun into the Castlerea prison incident in which Caolan Smyth, 30, was hit with a battery-filled sock.
The violent criminal is currently serving a 20-year sentence for the attempted murder of James “Mago” Gately, a member of the Hutch gang, in 2017.
Independent.ie has learned that another Kinahan hit man is suspected of having committed the violent attack on Smyth last Sunday.
Authorities believe Glen Thompson, 28, from Finglas, north Dublin, was the inmate who targeted Smyth and scalded him on the common landing.
Thompson is serving a lengthy sentence for his role in a plot to murder Gerry “The Monk” Hutch’s brother more than four years ago.
He is believed to have used a kettle to pour boiling water over Smyth.
A source said: “The background to this incident is still being investigated as to whether it was an escalated dispute or if there was more to it.
“They are both serving sentences for crimes related to the Kinahans and also have ties to the Finglas area.
“It may be related to ongoing threats against Smyth or a personal dispute between the two that resulted in him being beaten and scalded.
“The nature of the incident shows that a certain level of planning was involved.”
Both men also previously had ties to the gang run by Finglas drug dealer “Mr. Flashy” was cited.
Glen Thompson had only been transferred to Roscommon Prison in recent months after being disciplined for drinking at Mountjoy Prison.
He and another inmate were caught drinking whiskey and beer before officers discovered their contraband.
It is understood Thompson has been transferred back to the north Dublin prison since Sunday’s attack.
A spokesman for the Irish Prisons Service said they do not comment on individual prisoner cases.
Thompson and his brother Gary, 37, are both serving 12.5 years in prison for their roles in the 2018 murder plot of Patrick “Patsy” Hutch, older brother of Gerry “The Monk” Hutch.
The Thompsons and Afghan war veteran Robert Browne were part of a Kinahan gang arrested near their target’s home in March.
They were members of a 10-strong “sub-cell” hired by the Kinahan gang to assassinate Patsy Hutch, but their every move was watched by Gardaí for several weeks before the plot was foiled.
Fellow gunman Caolan Smyth is serving a 20-year sentence after the Special Criminal Court found he was the man who fired five shots at James Gately outside a north Dublin petrol station in 2017.
Gardaí believe the shooting was carried out on orders from the Kinahan gang, which “Mago” Gately blames for involvement in the Regency Hotel murder. He was never charged with this offense.
After his sentencing, Smyth told his family members in court, “Five world championships and I’m out.”
Smyth survived at least one credible threat to his life when Gardaí foiled a plot to assassinate him in September 2019. This planned shooting was revenge for the murder of Sean Little last May.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/kinahan-hitman-who-tried-to-murder-james-mago-gately-scalded-and-beaten-with-battery-filled-sock-in-prison-42152525.html Kinahan hitman who tried to assassinate James “Mago” Gately was scalded and beaten with a battery-filled sock in prison