Sunday 19 January 2020

Gardai refused Dundon lawyers access to files, kill threat trial told

Barry Duggan

GARDAI have refused to reveal how they collect intelligence from sources as it would put lives at risk, a trial has heard.

The prosecution case against two brothers, Wayne (33) and John Dundon (29), concluded in the Special Criminal Court yesterday.

The pair, who both have addresses in Limerick, have denied seven charges of threatening to kill four members of one family in Limerick city on dates between September 2010 and April 2011.

Padraig Dwyer SC, for Wayne Dundon, said he had been denied access to the Garda Pulse intelligence files for his client.

Supt John Scanlan of Roxboro garda station told Mr Dwyer that the construction of these documents demonstrated garda methodology on intelligence gathering.

Yesterday was the eighth day of evidence at the non-jury trial in front of Mr Justice Paul Butler, Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Flann Brennan.

After the prosecution case concluded, defence counsels for the Dundon brothers applied to have the case thrown out on various grounds, including that the State had not provided any evidence to corroborate that of two unreliable witnesses.

Brian McCartney QC, for John Dundon, urged the three judges to ignore the Dundons' reputation.

"The name Dundon is nothing else -- it's not a reputation, it's nothing other than a name," Mr McCartney said.

The verdict on the defence applications will not be made until the end of next week.

Irish Independent

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