Monday 23 October 2017

Innocent Shane died in Dundon's botched gangland hit, court told

Shane Geoghegan
Shane Geoghegan
John Dundon

Brian Kavanagh

RUGBY player Shane Geoghegan was the unintended victim of a shooting that was meant for another man and was ordered by John Dundon, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Tom O'Connell, prosecuting, told the court the actual target was a man named John McNamara who lived close to the deceased in the Limerick suburb of Clonmore.

Mr O'Connell said key prosecution witness April Collins would tell the court during the trial that Mr Dundon ordered another man, Barry Doyle, to kill Mr McNamara.

He said Ms Collins would also tell the court that she heard Mr Dundon give Doyle a description of Mr McNamara , telling him "everything was prepared, the gun and the car".

Mr Dundon (30), with a last address at Hyde Road, Limerick, denies murdering 28-year-old Shane Geoghegan at Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, Limerick, on November 9, 2008.

Mr O'Connell said that on the night of the shooting, Mr Geoghegan was watching a rugby international between Ireland and Canada in a friend's house.

Mr Geoghegan's girlfriend Jenna Barry said she received a text message from Mr Geoghegan at 12:54am, telling her that he would be home shortly.

Shortly afterwards Ms Barry heard shots and looked out to see a man in a navy hooded top run towards a car, which looked to her like a navy Space Wagon, and "hop in" through a sliding door.

PITCHFORK

Gardai were called at 1.06am and found Mr Geoghegan lying dead on a patio doorstep.

A post-mortem later showed the deceased died from gunshot injuries to his head and body.

Counsel said the court would also hear evidence from Ms Collins's sister Lisa Collins and Christopher McCarthy, a first cousin of the accused.

Lisa Collins will tell the trial that Mr Dundon was a frequent caller to her house, and that she heard him say to Doyle on many occasions "we have to do him" – a reference to John McNamara who had the nickname "Pitchfork".

Mr O'Connell said that Lisa Collins would also give evidence that Mr Dundon put pressure on her and Mr McCarthy to get him a car; and while she did not know why he wanted a car, she would tell the court the pair stole a vehicle out of fear of Mr Dundon.

Lisa Collins will give evidence that she and Mr McCarthy stole what she described as a "big blue car" with the assistance of another, which they later handed over to John Dundon. Counsel said Lisa Collins would tell the court that at about 3am on the morning of the shooting, Mr Dundon called to her house and said to Mr McCarthy that "John Mac" was dead.

The accused man was laughing at the time.

When Lisa Collins later saw the image of a car in an episode of the 'Crimecall' programme, she "felt sick", as she realised the car she had stolen was the one used in carrying out the shooting of Shane Geoghegan.

The non-jury court yesterday heard medical evidence that head injuries suffered by Mr Dundon, which caused the adjournment of the scheduled opening of the trial on Tuesday, were "superficial".

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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