Dundon charged with murder


A Limerick man has appeared before the Special Criminal Court today charged with the murder of Shane Geoghegan four years ago.

John Dundon (29), with an address at Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, was charged with the murder of the Garryowen rugby player, who was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity in November 2008.

Mr Geoghegan suffered five gunshot injuries. A postmortem showed he died from gunshot injuries to his head and trunk.

Mr Dundon is the second person charged in connection with the killing.

Last February, Barry Doyle (26) from Portland Row, Dublin, was jailed for life for the murder of the 28-year-old, who was shot five times at Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, Limerick, in the early hours of November 9th, 2008.

Detective Garda Padraig O'Dwyer told the court he had charged Mr Dundon this morning at the Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin.

Mr Dundon made no reply when the charge of murder was put to him.

Prosecuting counsel told the court the Director of Public Prosecutions had directed that Mr Dundon be brought before the Special Criminal Court rather than the District Court, as in his opinion the ordinary courts were inadequate to secure the effective administration of justice in the case.

Mr Dundon, who wore a white T-shirt with lettering on it, spoke only to confirm his name during the short hearing.

The three-judge Special Criminal Court remanded him in custody until October 2nd.

Mr Dundon's solicitor indicated he wished to apply for legal aid in the case if there was no objection from the DPP. The court requested that a statement of the defendant's means be submitted before such an applicaton could be dealt with.