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Double killer Mark Nash refusing food in prison 'since June'

Aodhan O'Faolain

Published 25/07/2015 | 02:30

Mark Nash was found guilty of the murders of Sylvia Shiels and Mary Callinan in March 1997
Mark Nash was found guilty of the murders of Sylvia Shiels and Mary Callinan in March 1997

Convicted double murderer Mark Nash has stopped eating food and has been hospitalised due to concerns about the prisoner's health, a court has been told.

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President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns was told yesterday that prison authorities were considering an application by Nash to be transferred from the Midlands Prison back to Arbour Hill Prison in Dublin.

He wants to go back to Arbour Hill because he has already served 15 years there of a life sentence for the murder in 1997 of two people in Ballintober, Co Roscommon.

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The judge was told that Nash, in a letter to the prison authorities, said he had hidden the fact he has not taken any food since June 9 last.

The court was also told that a psychiatric report said Nash was suicidal.

Last April, Nash (42) was given another life sentence after he was found guilty of the murders of Sylvia Sheils (59) and Mary Callanan (61) at their sheltered housing in Grangegorman in Dublin, also in 1997.

Irish Independent

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