Verdict in Dundon trial due on Friday

A VERDICT will be delivered later this week following the conclusion of the trial of brothers John and Wayne Dundon at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

A VERDICT will be delivered later this week following the conclusion of the trial of brothers John and Wayne Dundon at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin.

Closing speeches were heard yesterday after the three judges refused applications to dismiss the charges.

Lawyers representing the defendants had argued last week that the evidence of the key prosecution witnesses in the trial was not fit to go before a jury.

In a written judgment, which was delivered by the presiding judge, Mr Justice Paul Butler, the three judges said that although “much comment” had been made on the quality of the evidence and the weight that should be attached to it, the court found the evidence was such that a jury, properly charged, could deal with each of the counts on the indictment.

Wayne Dundon, 33, of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect is accused of threatening to kill April Collins, her mother, Alice and two of her brothers on dates in September 2010 and March 2011.

He is also accused of intimidating April Collins and her mother, Alice Collins on September 30, 2010 “with the intention of interfering with or obstructing justice”.

John Dundon, 30, of Hyde Avenue, Prospect is accused of making threats against April Collins and her mother, Alice, on April 3/4, 2011.

In his closing speech, Tom O’Connell SC, prosecuting said Alice Collins and April Collins were “truthful and reliable witnesses” and he said their evidence was “credible and reliable”.

Brian McCartney QC, representing John Dundon said the evidence in relation to his client was “weak and dangerous” and he said the words from his client did not appear to have had any impact on the daily routines of the alleged injured parties.

Padraig O’Dwyer, representing Wayne Dundon, said his client was an innocent man and he said he should not be on trial for any reputation attributed to him over the years.

After hearing the closing arguments, the non-jury court reserved its position.

However, Mr Justice Butler indicated that a verdict will be delivered on Friday.

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