A NOTORIOUS killer and senior gangland player was the victim of a severe beating in Mountjoy Prison, the Herald has learned.
Dubliner Craig White (28), who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Noel Roche in Clontarf in November, 2005, suffered a number of blows to the head in the "straightener fight" with another inmate in the D exercise yard of the prison late on Tuesday night.
Sources say that he was attacked by a Ballyfermot inmate and that the fight has led to an increase in tensions within the north Dublin prison.
A jail insider said: "White has been causing big problems for staff and other inmates at Mountjoy, but this was one fight he did not win.
"He got a number of heavy clatters but he did not require hospital treatment after the assault – this was a fight where he tried to give as good as he got but he didn't come out on top."
In July 2009, White was convicted of the Crumlin/Drimnagh feud related murder of Noel Roche.
The victim was shot dead in the passenger seat of a car in Clontarf in November 2005, after attending a Phil Collins concert at the Point Depot earlier in the night.
Gardai believe that White was acting as a getaway driver and that the actual gunman was Paddy Doyle – a key hitman in 'Fat' Freddie Thompson's gang – who was murdered in Spain's Costa-Del-Crime in February, 2008.
Mr Justice George Birmingham imposed the mandatory life sentence for the crime. White, of O'Devaney Gardens in north inner city Dublin, had denied murdering Mr Roche on Clontarf Road on November 15, 2005.
Mr Roche (27) was found shot dead in the passenger seat of a Ford Mondeo. Four shots were fired into the car at around 10.30pm. He was hit three times and died at the scene.
Not long after the shooting, a stolen Peugeot 307 was abandoned by two men on Furry Park Road.
Gardai found a can of petrol in the car and a paper bag containing a balaclava and the Glock semi-automatic pistol used to shoot Mr Roche.
The jury heard forensic evidence that White's fingerprints were found on the paper bag and his DNA was on its handles. Partial DNA profiles matching White's were also found on a pair of discarded gloves.
WHITE IS ONE OF OVER A DOZEN CRIMINALS WHO HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN RELATION TO THE MURDER OF GANG BOSS EAMON 'THE DON' DUNNE, WHO WAS SHOT DEAD IN A CABRA PUB IN APRIL, 2010.
At the time of his arrest in Mountjoy Prison in May 2010, gardai were investigating a Cabra gang linked to White and the fact Dunne had been boasting about a fling he had with a former girlfriend of White, in the days leading up to his murder.