Saturday 16 December 2017

Serial killer Mark Nash stabs himself in throat in suicide bid - report

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Serial killer Mark Nash stabbed himself in the neck with a makeshift 'shiv' in an apparent suicide attempt, it has been reported.

Nash (42), who is serving life in prison for four murders, is understood to have slashed his own throat in an incident in the Midlands Prison on Monday morning, the 'Irish Daily Star' reported today.

Serial killer Mark Nash,
Serial killer Mark Nash,

The newspaper reports that Nash stabbed himself six times in the throat.

Read more here: Timeline: The Grangegorman murders... 18 years later Nash is found guilty  

His life was saved after a prison officer came upon the scene and managed to stanch the blood before medical assistance arrived.

Last month, Nash was found guilty of the Grangegorman murders in 1997. A jury found him guilty of the murders of Mary Callinan (61) and Sylvia Shiels (60) at their home in Grangegorman in Dublin's north inner city.

Mark Nash
Mark Nash

Read more here: Mark Nash: Profile of a notorious killer 

Prior to this conviction, he was already serving a life term for the murders of Dublin couple Carl (29) and Catherine Doyle (28) at thier home in Co Roscommon.

Nash, who is originally from England but has last addresses at Prussia Street and Clonliffe Road in Dublin, pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the murder of Sylvia Sheils (59) and Mary Callanan (61) between March 6 and March 7, 1997.

From the outset the trial was set to last six to eight weeks but instead it continued for 48 days during which the jury heard evidence from 71 witnesses including gardai attached to the Bridewell Garda Station in Dublin, Mill Street Garda Station in Galway, the National Bureau of Criminal Investigations (NCBI) at Harcourt Square, Mountjoy Prison, Forensic Science Ireland (FSI).

In October 2009 Nash was formally charged with the offences in respect of the double murder at Grangegorman.

Mr Justice Carroll Moran told the eleven jury members that the prosecution’s case was based on three things; the admissions made by the accused, the print of the caterpillar boot found in bedroom number one of Orchard View and finally the scientific evidence and DNA.

Mr Brendan Grehan SC and Ms Una Ni Raifeartaigh SC acted for the State and called 71 witnesses over the ten weeks as well as having 39 exhibits.

It is understood there were over 260 persons of interest in the investigation, over 1,800 statements were taken at the time as well as 1,700 lines of enquiry.

Read more here: Mark Nash: Profile of a notorious killer 

It was the prosecution's case that there was 13 confessions made by Nash to the Grangegorman murders and all were consistent from beginning to end.

In 2009 "a spectacular breakthrough" led to the DNA of the two deceased women being found on a black pin-striped velvet jacket belonging to Nash as part of the cold case review.

Nash was sentenced to life.

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