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6 MORE INMATES BEATEN; Mountjoy crisis after attacks.

Byline: By DARREN BOYLE

SIX more prisoners have been attacked in Mountjoy - just days after a 21-year-old inmate was murdered.

The men were in a special protection cell at the time of the assaults.

Tallaght man Gary Douch was in a similar cell on August 1 when he was subjected to a sadistic assault in front of six other men.

During the most recent incident, six men were attacked on Saturday in the same basement area of the jail as they prepared for lunch.

A number of prison officers intervened and separated the warring parties.

The spat of beatings come as an investigation into the murder of Mr Douch begins under the control of Michael Mellett, deputy secretary of the Justice Department.

The Prison Officers Association (POA) were last night engaged in crisis talks with the Department of Justice and Prison Service about the situation in Mountjoy.

POA chief Eugene Dennehy said everyone agreed that vulnerable prisoners should be kept in single cells but this wasn't possible in the Victorian jail.

Association officials added their members were concerned about the safety of staff and prisoners.

Apart from Mr Douch's murder, in the last 10 days more than three inmates have been stabbed and many others left badly beaten.

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Date:Aug 10, 2006
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