Saturday 18 November 2017

'I'll kill you and put you in bin,' murderer told cellmate during 15-minute beating

Ciaran Moran (31) threatened to kill his cellmate and put him “in the bin” during the sustained and unprovoked attack while he was on remand in Cloverhill Prison.
Ciaran Moran (31) threatened to kill his cellmate and put him “in the bin” during the sustained and unprovoked attack while he was on remand in Cloverhill Prison.

Andrew Phelan

A murderer was in jail awaiting trial for killing a homeless man, who he beat to death before setting his body on fire, when he brutally battered another prisoner around his cell in a 15-minute attack.

Ciaran Moran (31) threatened to kill his cellmate and put him "in the bin" during the sustained and unprovoked attack while he was on remand in Cloverhill Prison.

The victim had turned his back to put the kettle on when Moran began to attack him, leaving him bleeding and with two black eyes.

Dublin District Court heard that Moran was in custody at the time for killing homeless man Gerard Donnelly, who he set on fire after beating him to death with a hammer.

He is now serving a life sentence for that murder, as well as a separate sentence for the manslaughter of a friend, Keith Flanagan, who he beat to death in Cork.

Judge David Waters gave him another two-month sentence, concurrent to his life term.

Moran, from Rathsallagh Park, Shankill, Dublin, had pleaded not guilty to assault causing harm to Charles O'Connor. The incident happened on October 6, 2014.

O'Connor said he was in the cell with Moran and another man, Dean Fagan, when he went to put the kettle on. "Next thing I was getting punched around the cell by Ciaran Moran," he said.

Swelling

He was hit all around his head and was left with two "very bad" black eyes, cuts and swelling to his face. "It went on for at least 15 minutes," he added.

The assault stopped when a prison officer opened the door and O'Connor ran out of the cell. He was taken to a nurse for treatment.

O'Connor had shared the cell with Moran for three weeks and nothing happened in the lead-up to explain the assault, he said.

In cross-examination, he said Moran told him: "I'll kill you, I'll put you in the bin."

O'Connor denied that it was he who had been in a bad mood because he had been deprived of phone privileges.

He said he did not know anything about allegations that other prisoners he had previously shared a cell with had asked to be moved.

Assistant Chief Officer Edward Fitzsimons said he saw marks on O'Connor's face when the cell door was opened.

The court heard that O'Connor had suffered from his injuries for a month and had to be moved to a cell by himself because he was afraid to share with other people.

Counsel argued that O'Connor's view of his attacker was obscured because he was facing the kettle. The accused did not offer any evidence.

There was no release date for his life sentence.

Moran had been homeless and struggled with alcohol before he went into custody.

The judge set recognisances in the event of an appeal.

Irish Independent

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