Disgraced former garda Paul Moody has been transferred to the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise and is now housed in the same division as depraved murderer Graham Dwyer.
Moody was jailed late last month for a campaign of coercive control against his ex-partner.
The Sunday Independent revealed last weekend that he is also under investigation by the Garda Protective Services Unit over allegations of serious sex offences.
On July 26, the 42-year-old was jailed for three years and three months for his four-year campaign of harassment, threats, assaults and coercive control against his cancer-stricken ex-partner.
The abuse came to light when he voluntarily handed in his mobile phone to gardaí after making a false allegation against one of the woman’s relatives.
He was sent to Mountjoy as prisoner number 116829 and began his sentence in a single cell in the jail’s committal unit.
Moody was checked every 15 minutes by prison officers during the course of his first night, a common safeguard for any new inmate. He has since been kept apart from other inmates for his own safety, as well as a Covid protection measure.
At the Midlands, he is expected to be kept away from the general prison population for the entirety of his sentence.
A source said Moody has been housed in a single cell in the E division, where twisted murderer Graham Dwyer, who killed vulnerable childcare work Elaine O’Hara as part of a sexual fantasy, is held.
“The E division is also where Graham Dwyer calls home,” the source said. “It also houses a lot of older sex offenders.
“So Paul Moody is in bad company, I suppose. Because he’s a former garda, he must be kept on protection and will be spending the majority of his time with us alone.
“Traditionally and for obvious reasons, prisoners generally don’t like gardaí. Many also don’t like those who commit crimes against women, so he’s ticked a couple of boxes already.”
Moody spent most of his career working at Donnybrook and Irishtown garda stations on Dublin’s southside, apart from a stint in the now defunct Organised Crime Unit (OCU). Sources said he was not popular with many of his colleagues.
The investigation that resulted in his conviction and imprisonment was led by the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (GNBCI).
Moody had “many” girlfriends, a senior investigator involved in the case said, and was attempting to coercively control others as well as his victim.
A number of these women helped detectives from the GNBCI to build the case against him.
While none made criminal complaints, that door remains open. Crucially, these ex-girlfriends confirmed a pattern of behaviour that characterised Moody as a manipulative monster.