Daniel Murtagh: Man who killed ex-GF gets his face slashed from 'temple to chin' in savage prison attack

Daniel Murtagh: Man who killed ex-GF gets his face slashed from 'temple to chin' in savage prison attack
After being attacked in jail, Daniel Murtagh suffered many injuries and had to be sent to Portlaoise Hospital after losing a lot of blood (Twitter/@murtagh_daniel)

PORT LAOIS, IRELAND: Irish killer who murdered his ex-girlfriend has been savagely attacked in the prison. Daniel Murtagh, 36, who beat his ex-girlfriend Nadine Lott, 30, to death while her six-year-old daughter slept beside her in her home in Arklow, County Wicklow has been slashed "from temple to chin" in Midlands Jail on Tuesday, January 18. Murtagh suffered many injuries after being attacked in jail and was sent to Portlaoise Hospital after losing much blood.  

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During the December 2019 attack, It was reported that the ambulance crew who arrived at the scene were deeply shocked by her injuries, as she had been beaten so badly that her face was barely recognizable. Lott died at St Vincent's Hospital three days later as a result of her "extreme and grotesque" wounds. She allegedly sustained "severe head, neck, and chest injuries." Murtagh was found guilty on 5 August 2021 and he has been sentenced to jail ever since. According to a source who spoke to the Sunday World, the killer had the propensity to irritate other prisoners, and this "eventually came back on him." 

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"The incident kicked off on the B1 landing at approximately 5pm [on Tuesday]," a source at the prison told the newspaper. "Murtagh is an inmate who rubs people up the wrong [way] and it looks like it finally came back on him. The lad who attacked him opened him up from his temple all the way down to his chin. Murtagh was losing a lot of blood by the time staff got to him and he had to be rushed to Portlaoise Hospital," the source added.

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"Despite the best efforts of staff, he lost a serious amount of blood and he's still over there under guard tonight," the insider added. "He'll carry the scars of what happened today for the rest of his life," they concluded. As per the source, the prisoner who assaulted Murtagh was detained by guards right after and is currently segregated from other inmates. 

According to the source, the inmate and a second suspect who is thought to have been engaged in the attack are both low-level offenders who have a history of violence inside the jail. It is believed that they launched the attack in an effort to take control of the facility's hierarchy.  The Kinahan Cartel shooter Gary Thompson was reportedly also assaulted by the same couple a few weeks ago, according to a source. Thompson is currently serving a 12-and-a-half-year sentence for his involvement in a plan to kill Patrick "Patsy" Hutch, Gerry Hutch's brother.

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