Jailed abductor Martin Gallagher gives thumbs up in unauthorised prison call leak
Exclusive: The leaked prison video is now under investigation, with the person responsible facing possible sanctions
Here is jailed abductor Martin Gallagher giving a thumbs up from prison – in an unauthorised recording that is now under investigation.
Our exclusive pictures are screenshots of the video call, which was shared on social media by a family member of Gallagher’s.
And in this video to family, which was publicly shared, Gallagher sits in prison telling them: “Lovely to see everyone, lovely to hear from everyone.
“God bless everyone and keep it real, in Jesus name.”
Sources have confirmed that prison bosses are now investigating the video, which was shared on social media, against Irish Prison Service rules.
The person or persons responsible for sharing the call could face sanctions – such as having their right to calls with Gallagher revoked.
In a statement, the Irish Prison Service stated that the recording of video visits is not allowed
“The Irish Prison Service does not comment on specific issues however I can confirm that the recording of video visits and the posting of same on social media is not permitted and this is clearly set out in the guidance for users posted on the Irish Prison Service website,” the spokesperson said.
“Failure to comply with the procedures for the use of video visits could result in access to this system being suspended.”
On Wednesday, Gallagher was jailed for six years for the attack on the Dublin pensioner – which he said was “a joke gone wrong.”
In a harrowing victim impact statement, the victim told how she feared for her life during the incident.
“I lay in that boot. I was afraid for my life,” she said.
The woman was walking along a Dublin Street around 7.30am on a January morning when Gallagher grabbed her from behind and threw her into the open boot of his parked vehicle.
He made several attempts to close the boot on the woman, slamming it onto her shins but she continued to sit back up and he failed to shut it.
Gallagher then pulled the woman out of the boot and attempted to put her into the front of the car but she continued to fight him off and scream. He ultimately threw her against a wall, smashing her head off it before he sped off in the vehicle.
Gallagher later told gardaí in interview that the attack was “a joke that went wrong”.
He said he had been drinking all the previous day and he had mistaken the woman as she walked by for his friend “Alex”. He said he thought it would be funny to give Alex a fright and throw him into the boot of his car. He got a fright when he realised the person was a girl and said he pushed her to one side.
Anne-Marie Lawlor SC, defending Gallagher, said her client has a very limited intellectual capacity and was “intoxicated to an extraordinary extent” that morning. She said he is “desperately sad for what he has done” and he knows he “has to take the medicine” from the court.
Gallagher of Rusheeny Avenue, Hartstown, Dublin 15 pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm and false imprisonment at Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin on January 6, 2020. He has one previous conviction for speeding.
Judge Nolan said he found Gallagher’s explanation for the crime “implausible” and disregarded it.
He noted that the accused is at a low-level of intellectual ability, but said there is no doubt that the accused “is bright enough to know the difference between right and wrong”.
He said Gallagher deserved “a pretty long” time in custody and sentenced him to six years imprisonment.