Sunday 22 October 2017

Dundon vows to leave country but court appeal fails

Dundon plans to return to England
Dundon plans to return to England

Brian Kavanagh

GANGLAND figure Ger Dundon plans to return to England to take up employment when he is released from jail, a court heard.

The revelation came as he failed in appeal against his five-year sentence for violent disorder.

The Court of Criminal Appeal found there was no error in principle in the five-year sentence imposed on Dundon (25) in February 2011.

Earlier, Brendan Nix, for Dundon, said that his client "knows he has no future here" and plans to go back to the UK where he and his brothers were born.

Last month, Ger Dundon's brother John (30) was found guilty of the 2008 murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan and sentenced to life imprisonment by the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Mr Nix said Ger Dundon "knows there is no future" in Ireland or Limerick for him.

'TRUTH'

Mr Nix said: "If my client is telling the truth, then I don't think we need worry about this man again."

The court was hearing an appeal against Dundon's sentence for violent disorder at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, Co Limerick, on February 17, 2010.

The court heard the charge against Dundon arose following attempts by others to collect €20,000 they believed was owed by nightclub promoter Mark Heffernan.

There was evidence that Dundon was not involved in earlier attempts to get the money from Mr Heffernan. But there was "linkage" between events which eventually culminated in a group of men chasing Mr Heffernan's Jeep across Limerick city on February 17.

Mr Heffernan told gardai that he had parked his Jeep outside the Garryowen post office when a number of people who were armed with hammers got out of a blue Volvo car, and that he recognised Dundon sitting in the front passenger seat of the car.

Mr Nix submitted that the Special Criminal Court failed to apply the principle of parity, especially having regard to the sentence imposed on co-accused Christopher McCormack.

McCormack (30), of McNamara Terrace, Wolfe Tone St, had the final two years of his five-year sentence suspended after "credible" evidence that he would leave Limerick city when his custodial term expires.

Mr Nix said that father-of-three Dundon, who has 99 previous convictions, was "a nuisance and a pest" but had only made one previous appearance in the Circuit Criminal Court.

Chief Justice Susan Denham noted that Dundon had a significant number of previous convictions and that there was no evidence he planned to leave Limerick as suggested.

Irish Independent

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