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Scalding hot water thrown on prisoner

A prisoner will be sentenced at a later date for throwing a kettle of boiling water over another inmate.

Joseph McCarthy (26) of Grange View Road, Clondalkin, attacked Matthew Tuohey at Wheatfield Prison in May 2012.

Tuohey was talking to another prisoner when McCarthy came up behind him and threw the water over his back, Dublin Circuit Court was told.

The victim, who was "in shock and in pain", was at first taken to the prison surgery, then later to the burns unit of St James's Hospital, where his back was treated with daily dressings for three weeks.

The attack was witnessed by a number of prison officers and captured on CCTV.


When the defendant was charged, he replied: "Don't give me that, I'm being set up." But he later admitted carrying out the attack and pleaded guilty to assault causing harm.

McCarthy's fiancee Emma Rowland said he was being bullied in the prison and that matters between himself and Tuohey has been building up.

The judge adjourned the matter for sentencing until February 28, 2014, and ordered that a probation report should be prepared.

McCarthy, who is serving a six-year prison sentence for burglary and theft, has 45 previous convictions.

The court was told he is also "very well-known" to gardai in his area and has a history of being uncooperative.