John Dundon and Wayne Dundon are both serving life sentences
THREE members of the notorious Dundon criminal gang have been charged with obstructing prison officers during a search in which a massive haul of contraband was discovered at Portlaoise Prison.
John Dundon, aged 35; Wayne Dundon, aged 40 and Desmond Dundon, aged 33 are each facing an offence under section 19 of the Public Order Act relating to an incident at Portlaoise Prison on May 19, 2017.
The three brothers who are all serving lenghthy prison sentences are originally from the Prospect area of Limerick city.
At a sitting of Portlaoise District Court, Sgt JJ Kirby told Judge Catherine Staines the DPP had directed summary disposal in the case of John Dundon but that directions from the DPP were awaited in the cases of Wayne Dundon and Desmond Dundon.
All cases were adjourned to May 10 next when its expected they will be progressed.
While Sgt Kirby requested that the defendants appear via video link on the next occasion, lawyers representing the three accused said they wished to be present in court.
Judge Staines asked was the accused’s consent necessary (for a video link appearance), pointing out that a lot of manpower is needed to bring people in custody to court.
She was informed by a barrister present in court, not connected to this case, that the accused’s consent was required.
Expressing her criticism of the current legislation, Judge Staines said she could not order the video link.
Desmond Dundon has been serving a life sentence since December 2003 for the murder of Limerick crime boss Kieran Keane and the attempted murder of his nephew Owen Treacy in Limerick earlier in the same year.
Wayne Dundon was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of innocent businessman Roy Collins in Limerick in 2009 while John Dundon is serving a sentence for his part in the mistaken identity murder of another innocent man – rugby player Shane Geoghegan – in 2008.