Cartel killer Jonathan Keogh has been kicked out of Portlaoise prison after threatening to kill a prison guard inside the maximum security prison.
Thug Inahan Keogh, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Gareth Hutch, made the threat against the officer during a tense face-to-face on prison block A.
Keogh, who has been at the center of a number of incidents involving both staff and other detainees since his transfer to Portlaoise, reportedly warned the officer: “If you don’t let go of me, I will kill you.” . “
It is understood that following the report of the threat by the officer, an internal disciplinary investigation was carried out and Keogh was subject to a “P19” disciplinary procedure.
A decision was then made to move Keogh from Portlaoise to the Midlands in an effort to stem his growing influence inside the maximum security prison.
A source told The Sunday World: “Keogh has an extremely negative influence and refused to follow instructions.
“He had been given a separate P19 the day before for causing other inmates to ignore staff.”
The source continued that the day Keogh made the threat, he again ignored the officer’s instructions before warning him, “If you don’t let go of me, I’ll kill you.”
The source said Keogh was subsequently sanctioned and the case referred for investigation by gardaí in Portlaoise.
Keogh was reportedly questioned by detectives in May before being transferred from Portlaoise prison in the Midlands later that month.
The source said Keogh’s threat to the prison guard had been observed by a number of other officers and added that the officer in question had been on sick leave since then and had to follow the safety advice of gardaí.
The source continued that since Keogh moved to the Midlands he has aligned himself with the McCarthy Dundon faction in that prison.
The source said Keogh is now considered one of the most serious cartel players in the system and is determined to control the prison he is being held in.
“Keogh and his associates seek to control every prison they find themselves in.
In Mountjoy, it was him, Barry Doyle (who was serving a life sentence for the mistaken identity murder of innocent rugby captain Shane Geoghegan) and Davin Flynn (an arsonist and childhood friend of Christy Kinahan).
“In Portlaoise, it was him, Eamon Cumberton (serving life for the murder of Michael Barr) and Freddie Thompson (serving life for the murder of Daithí Douglas.)”
“The cartel is in every prison now… not just in Mountjoy.”
Keogh is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch’s nephew, Gareth Hutch.
The 36-year-old fired the fatal shots that killed Hutch (36) as he got into his car outside the Avondale House apartments on North Cumberland Street in Dublin on the morning of May 24, 2016.
Keogh, Thompson and Cumberton were transferred to Block A in Portlaoise in March 2018 after concerns arose in Dublin Prison over the degree of control the cartel gang had over inmates at the prison.
Arrived in Portlaoise, Keogh engaged in a dirty protest before abandoning it in favor of a hunger strike that he maintained for six days.
He later challenged his transfer from Mountjoy to Portlaoise in the High Court.
He claimed that he had not been given any reason for his transfer and that he feared for his safety in Portlaoise.
He also claimed that the transfer had caused him difficulties, including that he had not received any visits since his move from Mountjoy and that he had seen his lawyer and attorney ahead of his trial for the murder of Gareth Hutch.
The source said that even as Keogh engaged in this legal fight in the High Court, he and the newly arrived cartel inmates were flexing their muscles in their new surroundings.
We revealed last week how, after Keogh arrived, he clashed with recently released gang leader Brian Rattigan.
“Rattigan had been in Portlaoise for a long time and things were working just the way he liked them,” a source said.
“He didn’t like the arrival of the cartel inmates, and on one occasion Keogh’s attempts to assert control of the prison led to a standoff between him and Keogh.”
Although Rattigan and Thompson, the two main players in the Crumlin Drimnagh feud, have publicly put their enmity aside so that Thompson can be removed from prison protection, it is understood that Rattigan and Keogh have remained hostile to each other. to the other until Rattigan’s release.
Keogh is widely viewed in the prison system as very intelligent but also very volatile.
Our source said: “He carries a laptop with him wherever he goes as he completes a degree in sociology and law.”
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