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Dumbrell sentenced for violence at Mountjoy

FIVE inmates have been sentenced for their roles in an outbreak of trouble at Mountjoy Prison three years ago.

Leroy Dumbrell (26) was described as being at the front of a group of prisoners, some of whom were armed, who came up a flight of stairs, jumped over railings and ran across a mesh area before gathering outside a cell where an altercation took place.

Three prison officers were injured while bringing the incident under control, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard.

Dumbrell received a suspended sentence due to an extended stay in solitary confinement following the incident, which was criticised by the High Court when he brought a habeas corpus application.

He was again returned to solitary confinement due to a threat.

His co-accused, Charlie Darcy (24), Zachary Purcell (23), Lee Williams (35) and James Shannon (27) received jail sentences ranging from one year to 16 months.

Dumbrell, of Emmett Road, Inchicore; Darcy, of Crumlin Park, Crumlin; Purcell of Westcourt, Basin Street; Williams, of St James's Court, Echlin Street and Shannon of Cloonlara Road, Finglas, pleaded guilty to violent disorder at Mountjoy Prison on December 27, 2009.

Dumbrell was serving a sentence for a serious assault at the time of the offence. He also has convictions for robbery and traffic offences.

Judge Martin Nolan imposed a two-year suspended sentence on Dumbrell and said if it had not been for his long punishment within the prison system he would have received the most substantial sentence of the group.


Darcy is serving a 12-year sentence for attempted murder. Judge Nolan imposed an eight-month sentence.

Purcell was serving a four month sentence for criminal damage. He received a 16-month sentence.

Williams was serving a three- year sentence for possession of a firearm. He received a 16- month sentence.

Shannon was serving a three year sentence for possession of a firearm at the time of the offence. He received a one-year sentence.