JOHN Dundon will go on trial in June next year for the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan, pictured.
Mr Dundon (29), with his last address at Hyde Road, Limerick, was charged last August with the murder of Shane Geoghegan (28) at Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, Limerick, on November 9, 2008.
The case was brought before the non-jury Special Criminal Court as the Director of Public Prosecutions certified that the ordinary courts were inadequate to secure the administration of justice.
Mr Dundon, who was granted legal aid last month, was not present for the hearing and instead appeared before the court via video link from Portlaoise prison.
Mr Dundon whistled at the camera and retired by saying "good luck" as he was led off-screen.
Tom O'Connell, counsel for the State, told the court the prosecution was seeking a date at the beginning of June 2013 for the trial.
Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court would list the matter for trial but would hear any application to put it back.