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Killer 'went mental' and wrecked cell

A NOTORIOUS gangland killer went ballistic and wrecked a holding cell after prison officers caught him with a mobile phone, the Herald can reveal.

Convicted murderer Keith Wilson (23) has now been transferred to Ireland's highest security prison in Portlaoise after the incident in Mountjoy Prison.

Wilson, from Cremona Road, Ballyfermot, is serving a life sentence after being convicted earlier this month of shooting Daniel Gaynor (25) in Finglas.

Since his conviction, Wilson was housed in the B wing of Mountjoy Prison, but last Thursday, the killer was caught with an illegal mobile phone.

After the phone was seized, prison management decided that Wilson should be transferred to Portlaoise Prison for a two month period and he was placed in a holding cell in Mountjoy while preparations were made for his departure.

But the gangland thug "went mental" when he discovered that he was to be sent to the maximum security Co Laois jail.

"He was in the holding cell on his own and smashed the place up. He clearly didn't want to be sent to Portlaoise and he was very angry that he was caught with the phone.

"He went absolutely mad -- he had to be removed by a control and restraint team and put on the van to be taken to Portlaoise," explained an insider.

Wilson is a younger brother of Ireland's most prolific gangland killer Eric 'Lucky' Wilson (27) who is serving a life sentence in Spain and is linked to up to 10 gangland murders here.

Keith's other older brother John Wilson (34) was arrested by gardai in August in relation to the triple shooting at the Players Lounge pub in Fairview which left three innocent men with serious injuries, but was released without charge.