A gangland criminal who spent 15 years in prison after making amok with a loaded machine gun should be kept away from dozens of dangerous prisoners in the prison system.
Derek ‘Bottler’ Devoy (37) received the long sentence at the Special Criminal Court yesterday.
The court heard that he fired shots at the weapon before ending up in a bathtub with three unarmed guards while they struggled to arrest him with a primer grenade rolling on the floor.
Devoy has been in custody since his arrest on Cranogue Road, Ballymun, north Dublin, on the afternoon of March 11, 2019, and has been placed in Ireland’s high-security prison in Portlaoise since his charges.
The Irish Independent can reveal that the violent criminal has “ generally behaved well ” since he was incarcerated – save for a bizarre incident in prison last July when he “ broke a kettle in a fit of rage, ” said a prison insider.
However, prison bosses have had to manage which other prisoners can access Devoy because of his long list of gangland enemies.
“There are literally dozens of boys on this list, and they are all being housed in other prisons with instructions that they and Devoy be kept separate for security reasons,” the source explained.
Among those on the list of Devoy’s enemies is a 45-year-old downtown criminal in the north who is part of the organized crime gang Hutch and is serving a 12-year sentence for armed robbery.
This criminal has close links to the suspects of the murder of Devoy’s innocent sister Antoinette Corbally, 47, and his friend Clinton Shannon, 30, who were killed in a horror attack at his childhood home in Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, on August 16. , 2017. The same gang is suspected of murdering Bottler’s older brother Michael ‘Mad Mickey’ Devoy (41) in Tallaght in 2014.
Some of the other prisoners to be kept outside of Devoy at all times include serial burglar Matthew Fahy, 42, who was previously shot by a farmer he robbed and who is now serving a five-and-a-half-year sentence for looting of a family home in Castleknock with two accomplices while dressed as gardaí.
Derek Devoy convicted in court yesterday with three judges. Mr. Tony Hunt said that Devoy had “effectively infused” mid-afternoon “in a densely populated suburban environment” by waving and using two deadly objects, “a loaded semiautomatic machine gun and a hand grenade.
The judge said that Devoy was a “horrible” act that was “incredibly dangerous” and that the infamous criminal was “inches” from killing three guards.
Devoy of Balbutcher Lane, Poppintree, Ballymun, previously admitted he had a 9mm Makarov PM63 RAK submachine gun with the intention of endangering life and under suspicious circumstances on Cranogue Road, Ballymun, Dublin 11, on March 11, 2019 .
The convicted criminal was also guilty of two charges under Section 19 of the Public Order Act for assaulting Garda Conor Garland and Garda Sergeant Andrew O’Connor in the performance of their duties on Cranogue Road on the same date.
Devoy was furthermore guilty of possession of an explosive substance, a Yugoslav M75 hand grenade, with the intention of jeopardizing life or seriously injuring a property on Cranogue Road on an occasion.