Ireland’s ‘most violent’ double killer moved out of Mountjoy Prison
Evil Stephen Penrose, 38, fought non-stop running battles with staff, physically threatened and fought other prisoners
- 06:00, 6 JUL 2022
A double killer regarded as Ireland’s most violent prisoner has been moved out of Mountjoy where he was regarded as a danger to staff and other inmates.
- Evil Stephen Penrose, 38, fought non-stop running battles with staff, physically threatened and fought other prisoners. Over the past year he had been detained on occasions in an isolation cell and also for a short time carried out a “dirty protest” leaving excrement in his cell.
- He also attacked prison officers and tried to knife one in the neck. Penrose was regarded as a bad influence in Mountjoy but other prisons around the country had refused to take him.
Last weekend he was moved to Cork. He was given a life sentence earlier this year for the murder of his criminal friend Philip Finnegan, 24, in Co Kildare.
In 2010 Penrose killed David Sharkey, 28, from Navan, Co Meath, in a row over drugs.
He was found guilty of manslaughter and given a nine year jail sentence. A prison source said: “Penrose is one of the most dangerous prisoners we ever had. We will be glad to see the back of him.
“Many other prisoners were terrified of him. Mountjoy will be a much safer place without him.”