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Monday 19 March 2018

Dundon taken to hospital after prison hunger strike

John Dundon: trial
John Dundon: trial

Barry Duggan and Breda Heffernan

JOHN Dundon, who was due to stand trial today charged with the murder of innocent rugby player Shane Geoghegan, has been taken from prison to hospital.

Dundon (29) of Hyde Road, Limerick, has been on hunger strike in Portlaoise Prison for over a week and was taken by ambulance to hospital yesterday afternoon.

He had been due to appear before the Special Criminal Court (SCC) this morning after he failed in his efforts to get an adjournment of the case. Dundon is understood to have been refusing food for at least a week and in recent days began refusing water.

The Irish Prison Service last night refused to comment, however, a source said the Limerick native was "not in a good state".

Dundon has been charged with the murder of Mr Geoghegan (28) at Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, Limerick on November 9, 2008. The rugby player was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity.

Last Friday, the High Court cleared the way for the trial to go ahead after Mr Justice John Hedigan dismissed Dundon's bid to have it adjourned.

Dundon brought High Court proceedings over the SCC's previous refusal to adjourn his case until 2014. He claimed he needed the adjournment because his lawyers had not been given sufficient time to go through material, including CCTV footage and documentation furnished to them by the gardai.

It is not yet known if this week's scheduled trial will now be halted.

Irish Independent

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