A CRIMINAL who survived a hit attempt last December was stabbed and beaten in prison.
Glen 'Ribs' Guerin (24) from Buttercup Avenue, Darndale, was set upon by a 30-year-old Traveller from Co Louth who is in jail for aggravated burglary.
Insiders say prison authorities are now investigating if the Traveller – Charlie Moran – was paid by a Coolock gang to carry out the attack.
A source explained: "This was a very bad assault which left Guerin with extensive injuries.
"Moran started the fight and Guerin tried to fight back, but in the end he was overpowered.
"Moran has been transferred to Mountjoy Prison while disciplinary sanctions are in place."
'Ribs' Guerin has only been in jail since last month. He is serving four months for driving-related offences.
Drogheda man Moran was jailed for three years in May, 2011 for an aggravated burglary in which a knife was used to threaten the homeowners.
Guerin was shot in the hand when a gunman opened fire in Clonshaugh Woods, Coolock, in the early hours of Saturday, December 15.
It is understood that up to five shots were fired at Guerin, who is friendly with a dissident republican Traveller gang operating in nearby Darndale.
Guerin checked himself out of Beaumont Hospital a few hours later.
He was informed of a threat against his life last November after getting into a dispute with Coolock-based criminals.
Guerin was jailed and banned from driving for 15 years after a judge said his record for motoring offences was "outrageous".
Dublin District Court heard he had been buying, repairing and selling on cars and was caught 'test driving' them.
Charlie Moran also has multiple previous convictions, including one for using a blood-filled syringe to hijack a car from a garage forecourt and take its passenger hostage.