Dundon murder trial adjourned
THE trial of John Dundon for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan has been adjourned for at least two weeks because of the hospitalisation of a key prosecution witness.
Counsel for the State Tom O'Connell told the Special Criminal Court that witness April Collins had a medical problem, was facing serious complications and was hospitalised and likely to remain so for the next two to three weeks.
Mr O'Connell said the prosecution did not want to start the trial without an essential witness and believed the court had the option to either hear the evidence via video link or adjourn the trial until October.
Defence counsel Brendan Nix said he would be "most unhappy" to cross-examine the witness via video link as she was an experienced witness. He said that his client had no objection to an adjournment application.
Presiding judge Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said the court would make no adjudication on the suggestion of video-link evidence but it was clear the case could not proceed in truncated form. He said the court would put the matter back for mention on July 22 to see if Ms Collins was in a position to give evidence, in which case the trial could resume the following day.
John Dundon (30), with a last address at Hyde Road, Limerick, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 28-year-old Mr Geoghegan.