LIMERICK man John Dundon has appeared before the Special Criminal Court in a wheelchair, wearing nothing but a pair of shorts.
Dundon, aged 30, of Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston is due to go on trial for the murder of Shane Geoghegan in November 2008.
Shortly before his case was called this morning, Mr Dundon, who was bare-foot and bare-chested was wheeled into the courtroom from the cell area of the packed courtroom.
Martin O’Rourke SC told presiding judge, Mr Paul Butler, his client had been taken from Portlaoise Prison to hospital yesterday and that after being discharged last night he was not returned to his own cell.
Mr O’Rouke said Dundon had been not given access to his own clothes ahead of the court proceedings and that he was refusing to wear clothing offered to him by the Irish Prison Service.
He added that a medical report was not available to the court.
Mr Justice Butler said the court was not going to “micro-manage” every aspect of the case but added if Dundon was not dressed appropriately, he would be “absent” from the proceedings.
In advance of the trial, Lawyers representing Dundon applied to have the trial adjourned until Friday pending the outcome of a Supreme Court application on Thursday.
Mr Justice Butler, sitting with Judge Alison Lyndsay and Judge Flannan Brennan granted the application to allow “that process to take place”.
A separate application for the court to “reconstitute itself” will be heard on Friday.
Mr O’Rourke said that application was being made as Dundon believes there is a “clear and present perception of bias” given that the same three judges presided over a separate case last year, which involved the same key witness - April Collins.