Saturday 16 December 2017

Dundon claims he is denied right to learn Arabic and Turkish

Wayne Dundon
Wayne Dundon

Tim Healy

JAILED Limerick criminal Wayne Dundon had a brief trip to court in the company of two armed gardai and three prison officers for a legal challenge over being kept in the high security isolation unit of a prison.

Dundon (35), who is serving a six-year sentence for witness intimidation, wants the High Court to overturn Cloverhill Prison's refusal to remove him from isolation, or to grant him contact visits with his family.

He also says he is being denied rehabilitation and education including the opportunity to learn Arabic, Turkish or Spanish.

However, before the case got under way yesterday, he was brought back to prison after a judge was informed there was no need for him to be in court.

Opening his case, counsel Michael P O'Higgins said the challenge concerned a decision by Cloverhill authorities to isolate him from the mainstream prison population, allow him only screened, non-contact visits from his family, and deny him educational, rehabilitation and recreational opportunities.

The State says isolation was for his own protection and non-contact visits are the norm. It was also argued that Dundon posed a serious threat to good order in the prison as he had been involved in fights, assaults and other rule breaches when he previously served time.

The State denies he has no rehabilitation or educational opportunities.

He was sent to Cloverhill in April 2012 when he was given a six-year sentence on charges of threatening to kill and intimidate a witness in a court case.

He claims he has been given no reasonable or legitimate explanation for the restrictions and isolation.

The hearing continues.

Irish Independent

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