Dundon application for trial delay adjourned to next week

 

The High Court has adjourned to next week an application by Limerick man John Dundon to delay the start of his trial for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan.

In seeking the delay Dundon claims that he cannot get a fair trial because his lawyers have not been given sufficient time to go through the large volume of material, including CCTV footage and documentation, about the case furnished to them by the state.

That material was only furnished by the prosecution a month ago. It includes 26,082 pages of evidence, 1,226 discs of CCTV footage, two hard drives and a memory stick which have been disclosed to his solicitors since late April.

Dundon’s lawyers claim they need up to 500 working days to go through all the material and want the trial put off until 2014.

Dundon (29), Hyde Road, Limerick, is due to stand trial for the murder of Mr Geoghegan at Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, Limerick, on November 9th, 2008, before the non-jury Special Criminal Court on June 4th. The trial is expected to last for three to four weeks.

Earlier this month his lawyers asked the Special Criminal Court to put his trial on hold. The DPP opposed the request and the court ruled the trial should proceed.

Mr Justice Michael White agreed to list the hearing of Dundon’s application next Thursday.