Tuesday 6 December 2016

Anglo trio moved to training unit after night in Mountjoy jail

Published 01/08/2016 | 02:30

Jailed Anglo trio Willie McAteer, John Bowe and Denis Casey
Jailed Anglo trio Willie McAteer, John Bowe and Denis Casey

The jailed Anglo trio, who were sentenced last Friday for their role in conspiring to artificially boost the bank's accounts, are likely to spend their jail time in the training unit attached to Mountjoy Prison, according to sources.

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John Bowe (52), of Lindsay Road, Glasnevin, Dublin, Willie McAteer (65), of Greenrath, Tipperary town, and the former group chief executive of Irish Life and Permanent, Denis Casey (56) from Raheny, Dublin are deemed low-risk prisoners.

After being processed in the main jail on Friday, they are now in the more comfortable training unit, where hardened lifers are generally moved as their sentences are coming to an end.

For their roles in the €7.2bn fraud, McAteer was given a three and a-half-year sentence, Casey got two years and nine months and Bowe two years.

The three spent one night in the main jail's single cells but were moved on Saturday.

Regime

"These guys are not likely to be any sort of a threat in prison," said the jail source.

"By their nature, they will be anxious to keep the heads down and get on with things," they added, indicating that the bankers would not require the same level of security as other prisoners.

"But they will still be on a strict regime and it's not like they are being segregated from lifers or more hardened criminals, a number of whom are in the training unit, coming to the ends of their sentences."

The source said the prisoners could be moved at a later stage to a more open prison environment, such as Shelton Abbey in Co Wicklow or Loughan House in Co Cavan.

However, such a move might make it harder for family visits, so it was more likely that they would stay in Dublin.

"While they are in prison, they will be encouraged to engage in training or courses.

"Prisoners engage in these activities because the time passes quicker when your mind is occupied with something, otherwise you spend a lot of time in your cell," said the source.

The training unit is seen by inmates as a more comfortable and modern place than the older main prison.

The three men now have 26 days to lodge notice of intention to appeal the sentences.

Irish Independent

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