Timeline: Murder of Shane Geoghegan
As John Dundon is jailed for life, here are the key events leading up to his conviction
John Dundon is driven from the Special Criminal Court after being sentenced to life in prison for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times
November 9th, 2008:
Shane Geoghegan (28) is shot dead in a case of mistaken identity near his home in Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle in Limerick.
November 12th, 2008:
Thousands line the streets of Limerick for the Garryowen rugby player’s funeral at St Joseph’s church on the city’s main thoroughfare. Eoin Reddan, who went to school with Shane, along with Paul O’Connell, Jerry Flannery and David Wallace, were amongst the professional rugby players in attendance.
November 14th, 2008:
More than 20 addresses are raided in Limerick, Cork and Dublin as part of the murder investigation.
November 18th, 2008:
Mr Geoghegan’s mother, girlfriend, brother and cousin appear on RTÉ’s Crimecall. The programme included a reconstruction of the murder and an appeal for further information.
February 28th, 2009:
Barry Doyle, a 23-year-old from Portland Row in Dublin, is arrested and charged with the murder of Shane Geoghegan at a special court sitting in Limerick.
February 15th, 2012:
Barry Doyle is jailed for life after a jury finds him guilty of killing Mr Geoghegan by shooting him five times as he walked home. Following his arrest in 2009, Doyle was interviewed 23 times by gardaí. During the 15th he confessed to the murder but subsequently pleaded not guilty during the trial.
August 17th, 2012:
Limerick man John Dundon (29) appears before the Special Criminal Court and becomes the second person to be charged with the murder of Shane Geoghegan.
May 21st, 013:
Dundon brings a High Court action aimed at delaying the start of his trial. His lawyers claim they need up to 500 working days to go through a large volume of material, including CCTV footage and documentation, which was furnished to them by the State a month earlier.
June 3rd, 2013:
The night before Dundon is due to go on trial he is treated in hospital. He had claimed to be on hunger strike for about one week.
June 4th 2013:
A wheelchair-bound Dundon appears before the Special Criminal Court wearing only a pair of dark-coloured boxer shorts. Dundon’s counsel, Martin O’Rourke SC, said his client could not get his own clothes after being discharged from hospital and had refused to wear prison clothes made available to him.
July 2nd, 2013:
Dundon is taken to hospital for a head injury on the opening day of his trial after earlier informing the court he was illiterate and that he had sacked his legal team, electing to represent himself instead.
July 8th, 2013:
The trial is adjourned after a key witness for the prosecution, April Collins, is hospitalised due to a medical problem.
July 23rd, 2013:
Mr Geoghegan’s girlfriend, Jenna Barry, testifies in court that she went outside her home upon hearing two loud bangs and saw a young man run into a people carrier, which then sped off after somebody screamed “drive, drive”.
July 25th, 2013:
April Collins tells the Special Criminal Court that she heard Dundon “organise a botched murder” during a meeting between him, her partner Ger Dundon (John’s brother), Nathan Killeen, Mickey Casey and Barry Doyle. She said that John Dundon told Doyle: “The gun is there, you kill him”.
July 31st, 2013 :
Lisa Collins, a sister of April, testifes that she heard John Dundon plan a killing a couple of weeks before Mr Geoghegan was murdered.
August 13th, 2013:
John Dundon is sentenced to life in prison after the Special Criminal Court finds that he played a central role in organising and directing the murder of Shane Geoghegan.