Thursday 24 April 2014

Sean Quinn Jnr 'badly shaken' as he settles into routine of prison life

Karen Woods visiting her husband Sean Quinn Jnr in Mountjoy Prison

SEAN Quinn Jnr spent his first weekend behind bars trying to come to terms with his new surroundings and with exactly how long he will have to stay there.

Foremost among his concerns when he was processed on Friday was exactly how much of his three-month contempt sentence he would end up serving.

Quinn's wife Karen Woods and two of his sisters were back visiting again yesterday, the kind of support that will be crucial to the young businessman.

Well-placed sources said the 33-year-old was extremely mannerly but badly shaken on his arrival at Ireland's most notorious prison.

"He was very upset, he was just saying, 'this is crazy, this is crazy'," said one.

"He wanted to know how long he would have to do out of the three months."

Unless the Quinns decide to co-operate with the High Court and purge their contempt, the answer will be every last day.

The newlywed heir to a once formidable business empire will at least get to serve his time in the prison's training unit, a strictly drug-free section of Mountjoy traditionally reserved for white-collar crime and prisoners coming to the end of their sentences.

Liam Lawlor spent time here for his own contempt before the planning tribunal.

Guards don't wear uniforms and the atmosphere is generally more relaxed than the cells not far away that are home to hardened criminals.

Quinn's imprisonment will also be hard for his wife Karen.

"I am distraught that my husband Sean is jailed for failing to comply with a court order," she said over the weekend.

"The whole situation makes no sense to me. I know that ministers and even the Taoiseach Enda Kenny have been to the Ukraine and Russia attempting to get these properties returned and have failed. This is what was asked of Sean and I don't understand how they expect him to overturn these transactions.

"I can only feel that he is being made a scapegoat for the collapse of Anglo," she added.

Question marks still surround the movements of his cousin Peter Darragh Quinn.

For his first Sunday dinner yesterday, Quinn Jnr would have been served roast chicken and vegetables and a dessert of fruit or ice-cream.

It's a long way from home.

Irish Independent

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