Gangster Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch is lucky to be alive after surviving a shocking prison attack during which two of his fellow inmates came to his aid.
The violent attack reportedly took place on Friday evening, when Crumlin thug Daniel Prenderville entered his Mountjoy cell and wrestled the 27-year-old back onto his bunk before attacking him with a makeshift blade, or shiv.
Prenderville and a fellow inmate were said to be armed with a toothbrush which had razor blades stuck into the handle when they began the assault on Hutch, the nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.
However, the attack was scuppered when gangland killer Craig White and Tipperary raider Patrick Gately entered the cell and came to Hutch's defence.
It is unlikely the Dublin criminal would have survived the attack if his fellow inmates had not come to his aid, sources told the Sunday World.
Hutch escaped with a defensive slash wound to his arms, while one of his assailants had to be taken to hospital to be treated for lacerations.
Described as a "violent and reckless criminal", Prenderville is serving a six-year sentence for possession of a 32 calibre Baikal semi-automatic pistol, unlawful use of a car and dangerous driving on September 6, 2012.
On that occasion, the Crumlin gangster was on his way to shoot a criminal because he owed a drugs debt of over €10,000 to the mob linked to Tallaght trafficker Paul Rice.
This is the second time in three months that Hutch has been attacked in Mountjoy Prison. In October, brothers Jamie and Leon Griffin attacked him in the exercise yard after the Kinahan gang put a €10,000 price on his head.
That attack occurred just two weeks after Del Boy's brother, Gary, was shot dead on Spain's Costa Del Sol in a hit believed to have been carried out on the orders of the Kinahan drug cartel.
The latest attack on Hutch occurred just weeks after a botched shooting attempt on associates of the Kinahan crime cartel at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin in November.
A spokesperson for Mountjoy Prison declined to comment on the incident when contacted by the Herald.