Pathetic bravado of a murderer
John Dundon showed no remorse for the killing of an innocent man
The gardaí were tense and very alert. Inside, they constantly scanned the room. Any movement at the door was noted. Detectives stared at Dundon. One man, seated directly opposite him on the far side, never took his eyes off the defendant.
You could sense their loathing of this lawless and dangerous man, who has caused so much pain to so many during his criminal life. Here was someone beneath contempt.
And Dundon batted it right back to them. Headphones on, hunched forward, the heels of his hands pressed to his chin and his fingers splayed over his ears. Sometimes he moved his head to the beat and swayed his shoulders. Showing off.
He wore a navy track suit top with blue stripes down the arm, its collar pulled over the bottom half of his face. He held the zip-pull with his teeth. At first, we thought initials had been cut into his closely shaved hair. But they were scars - lines and welts on his scalp, like battle souvenirs on the muzzle of a pittbull.
It took the softly spoken Nicholas Kearns a little over half an hour to read the final 23 pages of the no-jury court’s 84 page judgment.
This was a squalid case, involving men with no respect for anything or anyone; criminals who deal in intimidation and brutality and won’t hesitate to kill.
And at the top of this pile of dysfunction and death is John Dundon, the swaggering middle brother in a notorious criminal family. All four Dundon brothers are in jail. Last night, he returned there with a new title to add to his lengthy criminal CV: convicted killer.
He affected not to hear the verdict. Only once did he remove the headphones, and that was to hear his lawyer make mitigating points on his behalf. Then he put them back on. He didn’t stand when the judges entered and left and made a crude gesture with one hand held low after the verdict.
The Geoghegans listened, expressionless, as he was sentenced to life. The guards, grim faced, watched Dundon leave.
Outside on the street, his solicitor said his client wore the headphones to avoid hearing what he believed would be a “tissue of lies” against him, as he vehemently insists he is innocent.
“He wanted to keep himself to himself” and didn’t “overreact to any adverse outcome”.
How thoughtful. And to think we thought it was just a pathetic display of bravado from a murdering gangster about to go down for life.