Former Leinster boxing champion from Dundalk jailed for punching prison officer
A former Leinster boxing champion from Dundalk has been sentenced to three years in prison for punching a prison officer while in custody.
Brendan Cummins of Armagh Road, Dundalk, appeared at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court yesterday flanked by five prison officers wearing riot gear.
According to a report on breakingnews.ie, he has 97 disciplinary sanctions from prison known as P19s.
The court heart that on February 20th 2017 he was moved from Cloverhill Prison, where he was in custody for a difference matter, to Portlaoise. On his arrival there he was brought into a search room where his handcuffs were removed.
At this point the six time Louth/Meath boxing champion and two time Leinster champion punched a prison officer, breaking his nose and cutting his inner lip.
The court heard the officer still suffers from headaches and his sense of smell has been affected by the injuries sustained.
Judge Patricia Ryan imposed a three year prison sentence but suspended the last year after noting Cummins’ young age. She said she also taking into consideration his plea of guilty and the prison punishments imposed on him as a result of the assault, including a year of solitary confinement.
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