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Sunday 20 April 2014

Killer who had boiling water poured down throat 'under protection' in jail

Melanie McCarthy McNamara

A CONVICTED killer is being held under protection in jail after a second serious assault on him since he was sent to prison in July.

Keith Hall was attacked by two inmates in Mountjoy and boiling water was poured over his face and body.

Hall, from Tallaght in south Dublin, was sentenced to 20 years in prison last July for the manslaughter of Melanie McCarthy McNamara (16), an innocent girl who was struck by shots intended for two men while she was sitting in a car at Brookview, Tallaght, in February last year.

She was shot in the head and taken to Tallaght hospital but died from her injuries the following morning.

Last week, Hall (24) was in his cell at around 11pm when he was grabbed by two other inmates, who poured boiling water and sugar into his eyes, ears and chest as well as down his throat. Hall sustained severe burns and was taken initially to the Mater Hospital and then transferred to St James's where he was detained for a week.

He was discharged on Tuesday and moved back to Mountjoy where he has been put under protection. The authorities are expected to transfer him shortly to another jail.

Gardai from Mountjoy station have been notified of the assault and have launched a criminal investigation. Two days after Hall had been sent to jail he was set upon by other offenders, who slashed him across the face with a makeshift knife.

Irish Independent

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