Irish Prisons are getting very Dangerous…

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SHIV OFF Cartel killer Jonathan Keogh survives prison ‘shiv’ attack after MTK boxer saves him

An ‘extremely volatile’ fellow prisoner attacked Keogh with a ‘shiv’ and a sock filled with rocks

Jonathan Keogh,

Jonathan Keogh,


August 30 2021 09:30 AM

Keogh was socialising in the yard with the former MTK boxer when, sources say, he was approached by Drogheda man Michael Collins who was armed with a shiv and a sock filled with rocks.

Collins is currently serving a 14-year sentence for causing the death by dangerous driving of 20-year-old Jillian Thornton and is considered extremely volatile within the prison environment.

Sources say Collins went for Keogh, brandishing the shiv and sock, before the former boxer and another inmate intervened and wrestled him to the ground.

Michael Collins.

Michael Collins.

The former MTK boxer cannot currently be identified as he is before the courts on serious charges.

Prison officers who had entered the yard restrained Collins and removed him from the area.

He was searched before being brought to a cell and the shiv was recovered.

Collins has since been subjected to P19 disciplinary proceedings and has been moved to another landing for his own safety.

One source said the cartel inmates had been unhappy about Collins’ presence on the landing and told him to ‘get the f**k off’ in the lead up to Monday’s attack.

A second source said it was possible that Collins, who has been struggling greatly with life in prison, had simply snapped.

Collins was jailed in July 2019 for 14 years over a fatal Co Meath crash in which Jillian Thornton was killed on the N2 near Balrath on May 27, 2016.

Handing down the sentence, Judge Martina Baxter said his trial had been difficult and often trying.

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