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Friday 25 July 2014

Murderer throws boiling water over prison guard

CONOR FEEHAN

Published 19/04/2014|07:14

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Celyn Eadon Charged...11-03-2011 Celyn Eadon, 21, arriving at Swinford District Court, Co. Mayo, yesterday where he was charged with the murder of his mother Noree Kelly Eadon. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus....NWS
Celyn Eadon, 22, arriving at Swinford District Court, Co Mayo, in March 2011 where he was charged with the murder of his mother Noree Kelly Eadon. Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus....NWS

A MAN who murdered his mother while he was high on drugs has scalded a prison officer in Mountjoy jail by throwing a kettle of boiling water over him.

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Celyn Eadon (22) was given life in February for stabbing Noirin Kelly (46) nineteen times in March 2011.

His mother had taken drugs from his bedroom and burned them in the fire the evening before she died.

Eadon, of Derrycrieve, Islandeady, Castlebar, Co Mayo, had admitted his mother's manslaughter but was found guilty of her murder.

He is currently serving his sentence in the medical unit in Mountjoy Prison, and on Wednesday night when a prison officer entered his cell with medication Eadon threw a kettle of boiling water over him, causing him serious burns to his face, torso and right arm and side.

The officer was rushed to the Mater Hospital for treatment.

It is not known why Eadon decided to attack the prison officer, but the matter is now under investigation by prison authorities.

"What happened to the officer was terrible. He was left in a lot of pain and shock from the attack," a prison source told the Herald. "Prisoners are supplied with kettles but this might have to be reviewed in this case," they said.

SOLVENTS

During his eight-day trial at the Central Criminal Court it was heard that Eadon had started using drugs at a young age, beginning with sniffing solvents aged 10.

By the time of his mother's death, he was unemployed and taking amphetamines, methamphetamines and cannabis, along with prescription medication.

Although Eadon did not know who had taken away his drugs at home, his younger brother Ferdia said he was "absolutely schizo" about it.

During his trial, State prosecutors argued that the disappearance of his drugs might have been a trigger for the attack.

Various witnesses told the trial that Celyn Eadon was hallucinating in the days before killing his mother, seeing aliens, fire, ants, demons and black smoke.

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