Sunday 8 December 2019

Three prison officers hurt as Ireland's 'most dangerous inmate' tries to attack jail governor

Leon Wright. Photo: Courtpix
Leon Wright. Photo: Courtpix
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Three prison officers were injured when they tackled one of the country's most dangerous inmates.

Leon Wright (27) allegedly went to attack a governor in high-security Portlaoise Prison as he was being moved from his cell yesterday morning.

But swift action from a specially-trained unit of control and restraint officers saved the governor from injury.

However, three officers were hurt in the incident.

Wright (right) is one of the most volatile inmates in the prison system and has been moved from jail to jail because he is so difficult to manage.

He has been described as a "ticking time bomb who is capable of anything".

In yesterday's incident his cell door was being opened at around 10.40am when he allegedly went tried to headbutt the governor.

Wright had to be restrained after the attack and four officers went off-duty, with three of them going to hospital.

Prison sources said one of the officers received a shoulder injury and another had his helmet pulled off his head. Other sources said one of the officers had received injuries to his arm.


Wright is so violent that every time his cell door is opened a number of officers in riot gear have to be present.

He is serving a six-year sentence for stabbing two people in random attacks in Dublin city centre in 2013.

He was out on bail when he attacked a group of people on Grafton Street.

A 31-year-old man was stabbed in the chest, another man (35) was stabbed in the back, and a 22-year-old woman also suffered minor injuries.

Wright, who was a teenager when he was jailed for 10 years in March, 2007, for violent crimes, including robbery, hijacking, assault and threatening to kill gardai.

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