Dumbrell to ask judge for release from solitary
Leroy Dumbrell, the younger brother of Warren and Jeffrey Dumbrell, who last month were granted a re-hearing of their murder trial, is to ask a High Court judge to release him from solitary confinement in Castlerea Prison.
Leroy (24), of Emmett Road, Inchicore, Dublin, is serving an eight-year jail term for assault on Nigel Reid, who was out walking his dog when attacked by Dumbrell. Mr Reid lost the sight of his left eye in the attack.
Iseult O'Malley, counsel for Dumbrell, told Mr Justice Michael Peart in the High Court yesterday that Dumbrell had been detained in solitary confinement for the past five months.
Ms O'Malley said she would be seeking leave to judicially review the decision of the Castlerea Prison governor to keep Dumbrell in solitary confinement. She told the court she would also be making an application under Article 40 of the Constitution seeking Dumbrell's release from prison on the grounds of his continuing solitary confinement.
The judge adjourned both applications until Friday.