Monday 23 September 2019

Paedophile Humphries 'relieved' to be away from public in jail

Tom Humphries. Photo: Courtpix
Tom Humphries. Photo: Courtpix
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Paedophile Tom Humphries is "relieved" to be in prison away from the publicity surrounding his case, it has emerged.

Convicted paedophile Humphries, who is now known as prisoner 108586, is on the G1 landing of the Midlands prison after being jailed for two and a half years.

The former 'Irish Times' sports writer could be out of jail in as little as 19 months on enhanced remission after being convicted of a crime that carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

A source told the Irish Independent that Humphries was "coping well" with prison life and that he appears "almost relieved" that he is away from the public.

"He is still being monitored, having previously been on suicide watch, but appears to be coping well.

"Prison officials have noted he almost seems relieved at being away from the public and media due to the publicity his trial received," the source said.

The convicted child groomer is also said to be getting on with fellow inmates, with a number of Ireland's most notorious abusers sharing the landing with the former journalist.

Those currently imprisoned on the G1 landing include Leo Hickey (77), a former school teacher jailed for a string of sexual assaults.

Hickey was jailed for a year in May for sexually assaulting a young boy while teaching in a school in Co Cork in the early 1990s.

Also on the G wing is Rossi Walsh, who was jailed for three years in 2010 for indecently assaulting a seven-year-old girl in 1988.

In 2011, he was jailed for a further 12 years for sexually assaulting and defiling a child in 2008 and 2009.

Humphries will also share a wing with Graham Dwyer, who was jailed for life in 2015 for murdering Dublin woman Elaine O'Hara.

Dwyer is currently housed on the jail's G2 landing and works on the prison's magazine.

Humphries will remain under "close observation" until he settles into his new life behind bars.

He was jailed for two and a half years after the court heard how he once collected a 16-year-old girl outside her school and took her to his apartment where he performed a sex act on her.

The 54-year-old had daily contact with the teenager and more than 16,000 texts were exchanged between them in the space of four months.

His behaviour was discovered after one of his daughters found text messages on an old phone in March 2011.

Irish Independent

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