Monday 26 September 2016

Murderer Dundon fights 'screened visits' rule

Ray Managh and Aodhan O'Faolain

Published 24/12/2015 | 02:30

'In his High Court action, [John] Dundon is seeking an order quashing the Governor's decision that all visits to him must be screened' Stock Photo: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing
'In his High Court action, [John] Dundon is seeking an order quashing the Governor's decision that all visits to him must be screened' Stock Photo: Getty Images/Ingram Publishing

Murderer John Dundon has launched a High Court challenge against being allowed screened visits only at Portlaoise Prison.

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The Limerick criminal claims the decision permitting screen visits only was imposed by the Prison Governor last April and that the decision is unfair and breaches his rights.

Dundon (33), from Hyde Road in Limerick, is currently serving a life sentence at the maximum security prison for the murder of innocent Garryowen rugby player Shane Geoghegan (28) in Limerick in 2008.

In what was a case of mistaken identity, Shane died after he was shot five times as he walked to his girlfriend's house in the early hours of November 9, 2008.

Two years ago Dundon was convicted of Mr Geoghegan's murder by the non-Jury Special Criminal Court on the basis that the shots had been fired by a gunman acting on Dundon's behalf.

In his High Court action, Dundon is seeking an order quashing the Governor's decision that all visits to him must be screened. He cannot have any open visits which would allow physical contact between him and his visitors.

Dundon, the High Court heard, is the subject of a restricted prison regime and is housed at a separate facility away from the main prison population. He claims the sanction is one of indeterminate duration.

He claims the Governor's decision is subject to a monthly review, a process in which he has attempted to engage, but alleges the review is carried out in a manner that breaches his right to fair procedures because he is never informed when the review is held nor the identity of those conducting the review.

Judge Humphreys made the matter returnable to a date in February.

Irish Independent

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