A DUBLIN man with links to 'Fat' Freddie Thompson's gang has had his throat slit just two days after starting his seven-year sentence in Mountjoy.
Jason Smyth, nicknamed 'The Rocket Man', admitted to transporting a hold-all containing deadly weapons - rocket launchers and an AK47 assault rifle - as well as possession of €70,000 of cocaine.
He was attacked in prison on Saturday as he washed his face.
"Somebody walked up behind him and slit his throat from ear to ear," said a prison source. "He was rushed to the Mater Hospital and needed 52 stitches. It's a miracle he survived because he actually lost a lot of blood," they added.
Prison sources say the weapon used was most likely a 'shiv' - often a toothbrush handle with a blade melted into it which can be easily concealed yet very deadly.
Smyth, originally from Kildare Road in Crumlin, was back in protective custody in Mountjoy yesterday.
He told prison staff he does not know who attacked him.
The 29-year-old was arrested at Straffan, Co Kildare in May 2010 by members of the Organised Crime Unit who were conducting an investigation against 'Fat' Freddie's mob.
A major focus of the operation was Thompson's cousin Liam Byrne, originally from Raleigh Square, Crumlin, who was suspected of "organising things" from his base in Spain.
Gardai are now trying to establish if Smyth was attacked by members of the gang the weapons were going to be used against, or by gang members allied to Thompson who were going to use the high-tech weapons to target a city gang.
At Smyth's court hearing, Dublin Circuit Court heard from Detective Garda Peter Ronan, who said that a surveillance operation had been put in place to investigate organised criminal activity in the city.
Garda Ronan said gardai received confidential information about a large-scale distribution of drugs and firearms and that a drugs handover was to take place on the Naas Road near Kill.
When they searched a blue Opel Astra van, they found 992.9 grams of cocaine valued at €69,500 was located hidden behind the passenger seat.
Keys were then discovered that opened a unit at Longstown in Straffan where a cache of arms and drugs was found in a search.