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Sunday 22 October 2017

Supreme Court to give Dundon appeal priority

John Dundon
John Dundon

A MAN accused of murdering rugby player Shane Geoghegan can have an appeal aimed at delaying his trial heard on June 25, the Supreme Court has said.

John Dundon's trial is due to go ahead tomorrow  but is unlikely to proceed in view of today's Supreme Court decision.

The court did not order the postponement of the trial but suggested lawyers for both sides could discuss the issue and if necessary an application could be made for such an order.

Chief Justice Susan Denham yesterday agreed to give a priority hearing on June 25 to Dundon's appeal against a High Court decision refusing to delay the trial.

Dundon (29), Hyde Road , Limerick,  had brought High Court proceedings over the Special Criminal Court ' s refusal to adjourn his case until next year after he claimed  his lawyers  had been given insufficent time to go through the large volume of material, including CCTV footage and documentation, furnished to them by the prosecution.

The State objected to the adjournment because of concerns over the security of a key prosecution witness in the case.

Shane Geoghegan had been the unintended victim of a shooting in Dooradoyle, Limerick, on November 9, 2008.

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