John Dundon to face murder trial in June

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Limerick man John Dundon is set to go on trial in June 2013 for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan in Dooradoyle almost four years ago.

Limerick man John Dundon is set to go on trial in June 2013 for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan in Dooradoyle almost four years ago.

Dundon, aged 30, of Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston is accused of murdering the 28-year-old near his home at Clonmore, Kilteragh in the early hours of November 9, 2008.

Dundon appeared before the non-jury Special Criminal Court in August after the Director of Public Prosecutions certified the ordinary courts were “inadequate” to secure the proper administration of justice.

The book of evidence in the case was completed and served on Dundon earlier this month and yesterday, Tom O’Connell SC, prosecuting, said the state was seeking a trial date at the beginning of June 2013.

The non-jury court was told the high-profile trial is expected to last between three and four weeks.

Shane O’Callaghan BL, representing John Dundon, objected to the application and asked that the matter be listed for mention rather than for trial.

He informed the court his client has lodged an appeal against his conviction earlier this year for making threats to kill April Collins at her home during April 2011.

However, Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, said Dundon’s appeal against the conviction should not delay the process in relation to the murder charge before the court.

The judge said the court would list the matter for trial but that would hear any application to adjourn it further if appropriate.

Dundon, who was granted free-legal-aid last month, appeared via video-link from Portlaoise Prison before yesterday’s brief hearing at the Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin.

Mr Justice Butler, sitting with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge William Hamill, said the court was remanding him in continuing custody to appear before the court again for trial on June 4, 2013.

John Dundon whistled at the camera and said “good luck” as he was led off-screen by prison officers.

Barry Doyle, aged 27, formerly of Portland Row in Dublin received a life sentence in February of this year after he was convicted of murdering Shane Geoghegan following a lengthy trial at the Central Criminal Court.

The jury in that trial was told the 28-year-old Garryowen rugby captain died after he was shot five times near his home in the early hours of November 9, 2008 in what was a case of mistaken identity.