Dundons challenge prison treatment

Wed, Sep 12, 2012, 01:00

Limerick brothers Wayne and John Dundon, both serving lengthy sentences for threatening members of the same family, have complained to the High Court about their treatment in different jails.

A legal challenge by Wayne to the legality of his treatment in Cloverhill Prison, Clondalkin, Dublin, was to have been heard in the High Court today but was adjourned for a fortnight.

Lawyers for his brother John also made an application before Mr Justice Daniel O’Keeffe today along similar lines of unfair treatment by the authorities at Midlands Prison, Co Laois.

Senior counsel for both brothers Padraig Dwyer had suggested the two cases could be heard together on September 25th but senior counsel for the State David Keane said documentation could not be prepared in time to facilitate a joint hearing.

The judge adjourned the hearing of the application of Wayne Dundon (34) formerly of Linehan Avenue, Prospect, Limerick, to September 25th.

He allowed the case of John Dundon (29) of Hyde Road, Ballinacurra, to be mentioned on that date but said both applications would not be ready in time to heard together.

Wayne Dundon is serving a six year sentence after the Special Criminal Court found him guilty of threatening to kill and intimidation of a witness. The sentence was imposed last April and he has been in Cloverhill Prison since.

John Dundon was sentenced to five-and-a-half years and is serving his sentence in the Midlands Prison. The sentences had been back-dated to April 11th, 2011, the date both men were first arrested in connection with the charges.

The brothers claim they have been unjustifiably held in isolation from other prisoners with restrictions on family visits and that they have been denied access to educational and training facilities.