Tuesday 17 October 2017

Bid to delay Geoghegan murder trial dismissed

THE Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal aimed at delaying the trial of Limerick man John Dundon for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan almost five years ago.

Dundon (29), with an address at Hyde Road, Limerick, was due to stand trial for the murder of Mr Geoghegan at Dooradoyle, Limerick, in November 2008, at the non-jury Special Criminal Court (SCC) earlier this month.

He brought High Court proceedings over the SCC's refusal to adjourn the start of his trial, claiming his legal team was not given enough time to examine the large volume of material in the case, which was only disclosed to them in late April and early May of this year by the gardai.

His lawyers claimed this lack of time meant there was a risk that he would not get a fair trial.

The DPP opposed the adjournment due to security concerns over a key prosecution witness in the case.

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that, based on an undertaking given by the DPP to identify to Mr Dundon's lawyers what documentation they say is relevant to the trial by close of business tomorrow, the trial should go ahead.

The trial is due to start before the SCC next Tuesday and is expected to last for four weeks.

Irish Independent

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