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Inmate 'lost the head' and broke cell lights





A MOUNTJOY prisoner who smashed two cell lights with a brush had "lost the head" when a memorial card for his father went missing.

Dean Masterson (26) was also upset because he was not allowed to go to share a cell with one of his friends.

Judge Bryan Smyth gave him a concurrent six-month sentence at Dublin District Court.

The accused, of Kilkiernan Road, Cabra, pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal damage.

Garda Maire Fitzgerald told the court the incident happened on the prison's D2 landing on January 15, 2014.


Masterson used a brush to smash two cell light fittings, which cost €350 each to replace.

The accused had previous convictions for offences including burglary and was serving a sentence.

On the day, it was the second anniversary of his father's death, he had a memorial card but it was lost and he was upset, defence solicitor Mairead White said.

He had been put in a cell with a friend but was then told by another officer he could not go into that cell.

"He lost the head," Ms White explained.

The court heard the defendant was working in the jail's block shop. He was not in a position to pay for the €700 worth of damage.