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Saturday 20 September 2014

Dealer's death days after alleged assault at Mountjoy 'related to drugs'

Anita McSorley, Conor Feehan and Jim Cusack

Published 26/07/2014 | 12:18

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The man, who has been named as Pascal Doyle from Carlow Town, was found unconscious in his cell by prison officers at 3.30am

A prisoner, convicted of drugs offences, was found in his cell this morning at Mountjoy Prison after an alleged assault earlier this week.

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The man, in his early 30s, took unwell yesterday and was found by officials this morning at 3:30am.

He was rushed to the Mater Hospital and pronounced dead soon after.

An investigation is underway to determine if he was was concealing drugs internally. 

Earlier this week, he was also allegedly the victim of a severe beating in the prison yard and was treated by medics, but refused to be treated in hospital, according to a prison source.

The National Prison Service and An Garda Siochana are both investigating.

Another source confirmed to Independent.ie that the cause of death is believed to be related to drugs.

"The Irish Prison Service and An Garda Siocana are currently investigating it," a spokesperson for The Irish Prison Service told Independent.ie.

He was serving a sentence for drug offences.

Gardai confirmed: "We are aware that there was some incident in Mountjoy. A man was taken to the Mater and he collapsed in his cell. It looks like sudden death."

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