Wednesday 28 September 2016

Graham Johnson (42) who was killed in prison stabbing was scheduled to be released in a matter of weeks

Published 17/05/2015 | 06:00

Graham Johnson (42) suffered fatal chest and throat injuries after apparently being slashed with a home-made blade.
Graham Johnson (42) suffered fatal chest and throat injuries after apparently being slashed with a home-made blade.

A MAN has died following a stabbing in Cork Prison after a row with a fellow inmate over a TV remote control.

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The man, named locally as Graham Johnson (42), suffered fatal chest and throat injuries after apparently being slashed with a home-made blade.

Tragically, the victim - who was serving a four year sentence for theft - was scheduled to be released in a matter of weeks having completed his sentence at Cork Prison.

He was attacked by a fellow inmate following an apparent dispute sometime earlier over a remote control for a TV.

The incident, which occurred shortly after 5pm near the prison kitchens, was immediately stopped by Prison Service staff but not before the man had sustained critical injuries. The entire incident lasted only a matter of seconds.

Emergency medical treatment was provided for the injured inmate at the scene. However, he is understood to have died before he could be transferred by ambulance to Cork University Hospital (CUH).

The man suffered from a significant chest injury as well as major blood loss. An investigation is now underway into the incident by both Gardai and Irish Prison Service officials.

The other inmate involved, a man in his 20s, has been moved to a secure holding cell. The prisoner suspected of being behind the attack has a history of violence and is serving a sentence for a serious assault.

One of his previous offences included an assault with a weapon. The man is described as being extremely volatile.

A number of other inmates witnessed the fatal attack.

Statements are now being taken from the prisoners at the scene and from Prison Service staff who intervened in the matter.

The deceased was described by sources as "a model prisoner."

He received a prison sentence in 2011 from Cork Circuit Criminal Court for a series of thefts related to personal gambling problems.

A full post mortem examination will be carried out today (Sunday) by the State Pathologist at CUH. Mr Johnson is from Bandon in west Cork.

He had been receiving assistance for his addiction problems while in custody and had intended to return home and rebuild his life after his release.

Prison sources said he as "a very quiet man" who co-operated fully with staff throughout his time at the Rathmore Road facility.

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