Former Garda member Paul Moody, jailed for three years and three months for a campaign of coercive control against his sick ex-partner, has started his prison sentence at Mount Joy Prison in Dublin.
The Meczyki Times understands the 42-year-old, who was jailed on Tuesday, was linked to the prison system through Mount Joy after his court hearing and has been in solitary confinement ever since. This isolation period is created so all inmates can be tested for Covid-19 and kept away from the general prison population until a negative test result is confirmed.
After that period ends, which could be as early as Friday, Moody is expected to be remanded in protective custody at Mount Joy. He is then likely to be transferred to Midlands Prison, Portlaoise, Co Laos. The prison, which is on the campus of Portlaoise Prison, has been used to house gardaí or prison officers.
If transferred to the Midlands, Moody will serve his entire prison term on protection. This means he will only mix with other prisoners placed on protection – because there are threats against them or they are considered vulnerable – and who are not considered a threat to each other.
With a 25 percent amnesty, which all inmates are entitled to regardless of their behavior in prison, Moody will be released in 2½ years. If he engages with prison services and obtains a one-third remission, his release date will be brought forward by three months, meaning he will be released after serving two years and two months. .
Moody was convicted of coercive control and resigned from his job as a garda before the process to dismiss him could begin after the case was dealt with by the courts. He was originally charged with 35 offenses relating to a four-year campaign of abuse against the victim, who is terminally ill. These include assault, criminal damage, harassment and death threats.
Moody, with an address in Co Kildare and who had been a member of the Garda for two decades, faced a maximum sentence of five years for coercive control. However, given his guilty plea and prior lack of convictions, along with some other mitigating factors, his prison term was less than the maximum and is further reduced with a pardon.
The policing authority said a number of “systemic issues that arise in this particular case” had already been discussed with senior gardaí, including “security pulse systems, culture change, encouraging speaking out, and prevention and detection” of domestic abuse and other crimes. .
“These issues have once again been thrown into sharp relief by the recent conviction and these various aspects will be discussed with the Commissioner at today’s authority meeting,” he told Garda Commissioner Drew Harris on Thursday and his senior added in a scheduled meeting held with the team.
The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission, which investigates complaints and criminal allegations against members of the Garda, also encouraged victims to come forward.
All cases of gender-based violence, or where allegations of a sexual nature were made, were all garda reviews reviewed by Mr Harris last year. He said lessons needed to be learned from the murder of Sarah Everard in the UK by ex-London Met Police officer Wayne Cozens, about which earlier warning signs had been missed.
In response to questions, Garda Headquarters said the quality of investigations into allegations against Garda members over the past two years was being reviewed to assess whether lessons could be learned. Sources said the process would determine whether the positions of the alleged perpetrators in the Garda influenced the investigation in their favour.