Body of Niall Dorr’s killer found in Mountjoy cell

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The body of Douglas Ward, who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Niall Dorr in 2012, was discovered in his Mountjoy Prison cell in the early hours of Friday morning last, May 8.

The body of Douglas Ward, who pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Niall Dorr in 2012, was discovered in his Mountjoy Prison cell in the early hours of Friday morning last, May 8.

Both Niall’s parents, Veronica (nee Foy) and David are originally from Mohill.

Mr Ward is understood to have died following alcohol poisoning having ingested what is popularly known as ‘prison hooch’ which can be made from fruit, ketchup, sugar and milk.

The sugar then turns into alcohol, which is strictly banned in Irish jails. He was sentenced to 13 years three years ago following the manslaughter of Mr Dorr in October 2010 who was 18-years-old at the time of his death.

This was reduced to ten years by the Court of Appeal in January.

Niall was trying to stop a row when Ward punched and kicked him in the head. Niall sustained irrevocable brain damage and surgery was not possible. Ward, who had been in Dundalk for a bail hearing on the day of the horrific incident, had been drinking since the pubs opened that morning. It has been reported that Ward was found sitting up in his bed with a cup of the illegal alcohol in his hand when his body was found.