THE presiding judge at the Special Criminal Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns refused John Dundon’s legal team leave to appeal his conviction for the murder of Shane Geoghegan.
But speaking after the verdict was handed down, Dundon’s solicitor John Devane said that “new evidence” had come to light while the trial was coming to a conclusion and had therefore been too late to introduce.
This, he said, could form the basis of an application to appeal the conviction.
“He (Dundon) still maintains his innocence and in accordance with his instructions and what we believe, yes we do believe that there is a case there that we can appeal and hopefully prove his innocence in the long term – while still sympathising and deeply regretting the loss of Shane Geoghegan,” said Mr Devane.
He said that his client had chosen to listen to music on his headphones while Mr Justice Kearns read the final 23-pages of an 84-page judgement as Dundon could not listen to what he regarded as the “tissue of lies” told by the three main witnesses for the prosecution being repeated in the judgement.As Dundon was sentenced to life in prison, Brendan Nix SC, defending, said he “deeply regretted that Shane Geoghegan lost his life in this way” but still maintained he “had no hand, act or part” in the killing.
Dundon, Mr Nix said, wished to offer his sympathies to the Geoghegan family although he “has no doubt they won’t accept them”.