Saturday 21 October 2017

Wayne Dundon in legal bid from jail over 'unfair' isolation

Wayne Dundon
Wayne Dundon

Tim Healy

JAILED Limerick criminal Wayne Dundon has brought a legal action over what he claims is an unexplained and unjustified decision by prison authorities to put him in 'isolation'.

Dundon also claimed that he is being denied access to educational and training facilities at Cloverhill prison

And the 34-year-old said he has restrictions placed on family visits, and that it all amounts to a breach of his rights.

Dundon is currently serving a six-year sentence after the Special Criminal Court found him guilty of threatening to kill and intimidation of a witness.

That sentence was imposed last April, and Dundon, of Linehan Avenue, Prospect, Limerick has been in Cloverhill Prison Clondalkin since.

Yesterday at the High Court, Padraig Dwyer, counsel for Dundon, said solicitors for his client wrote to the prison authorities requesting that his client be removed from the section of the prison he is currently being held in.

They also asked that Dundon be provided with education, training opportunities as well as with open family visits.

Punishment

Mr Dwyer said the solicitors received a letter from the prison governor, stating that Dundon was being held in the particular section of Cloverhill due to concerns for Dundon's safety, and that closed visits were the norm within the prison.

His client was not being kept in protective custody but was rather being subject to conditions normally reserved for prisoners who have committed serious transgressions while in prison.

Dundon was not subject to any punishment for breaking prison rules and that keeping him in such conditions was unjustified, counsel added.

Mr Justice Michael Peart yesterday adjourned the application to next Monday. Dundon's application, the judge said, should be made in the presence of both the governor's and the State's lawyers.

Irish Independent

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