AN appeal by gangland figure Ger Dundon against a lengthy prison sentence imposed on him more than two years ago has been rejected by the Court of Criminal Appeal.
Dundon, aged 25, of Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston was sentenced to five years imprisonment in February 2011 after he pleaded guilty to engaging in violent disorder at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen on February 27, 2010.
Previously the non-jury Special Criminal Court was told the charge against Dundon was linked to attempts by others to collect €20,000 they believed they were owed by nightclub promoter Mark Heffernan.
Mr Heffernan told gardaí that he had parked his vehicle outside a post office in Garryowen when a number of people armed with hammers got out of a blue Volvo car which had parked alongside him.
He said he recognised one of the men as Ger Dundon, who was sitting in the front passenger seat of the car.
He told gardai the Volvo car gave chase as he accelerated away from the scene, but that it eventually cornered him as he attempted to perform a U-turn on Sarsfield Avenue.
Mr Heffernan told gardaí that when he heard someone open the boot of the 4x4, he dropped a gear and drove at the men, who dived out of the way when he mounted a footpath in order to make good his escape.
He was further pursued by the Volvo, which caused him to run red lights as he drove out on to the Dublin road and circled Limerick city while attempting to contact gardai on his mobile phone.
Referring to the fact that one of Ger Dundon’s co-accused had part of his prison sentence suspended, Brendan Nix SC submitted the Special Criminal Court had failed to apply the principle of parity when imposing sentence.
Mr Nix said the height of Dundon’s involvement in the incident was that he ran forward at Mr Heffernan’s vehicle and shouted something. He said the father-of-three, who has 99 previous convictions, was “a nuisance and a pest” but had only made one previous appearance in the Circuit Criminal Court.
He added that his client “knows he has no future here” and “knows there is no future” in Limerick and that he intends seeking employment in England following his release from prison.
Sean Guerin BL, for the DPP, submitted that Dundon had committed an “organised and pre-planned crime”, that was very different to the norm in cases of violent disorder.
After hearing the submissions, The Court of Criminal Appeal found there was no error in principle in the five-year sentence imposed on Dundon, who is due to be released in around four months time.