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INMATE KILLING ACCUSED IN COURT.

Byline: By JIMMY CUNNINGHAM

A MAN appeared in court yesterday charged with the murder of Mountjoy prisoner Gary Douch.

Douch, 21, from Coolock in Dublin, was serving three years for assault and possession of drugs when he was found dead in his cell on August 1 last year.

Inmate Stephen Egan, 23, from Belcamp Crescent, Priorswood, Coolock, said nothing when he was brought before Dublin District Court.

Drug addict Douch had spent the early years of his life in Coolock but after the family home was petrol-bombed his mother moved to Tallaght.

However, Douch refused to move and stayed in the care of family friends. After his death his mum Margaret Rafter blamed herself for her son going to jail.

She said: "I had a barring order against him and he broke it. He was in prison for breaking the order.

"He tormented the life out of me. He was intimidating me and he smoked hash. It wasn't full-blown intimidation. It was when he could not get his own way. He had Attention Deficit Disorder."

Yesterday Judge Timothy Lucy remanded Egan in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court next Wednesday.

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ADDICT: Gary Douch; HEARING: Stephen Egan, 23, at court in Dublin yesterday Picture: ARTHUR CARRON/ COLLINS
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 12, 2007
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