Wednesday 24 January 2018

Feared criminal Dundon visits friend in hospital

Barry Duggan

THE country's most feared criminal was one of the first people into hospital to enquire on the condition of a motorist who crashed a stolen car in which two passengers died.

Wayne Dundon, who returned to his gang's stronghold in Limerick on Monday, walked into the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in the city on Tuesday night to check on criminal Andrew Nolan following the fatal car crash.

Dundon is under constant scrutiny from gardai after he returned to the city earlier this week.

Nolan, like Dundon, is no stranger to Limerick's leading criminals, having been sentenced to four years in prison for luring a 23-year-old man to a violent death in the city's gangland feud in 2003.

When questioned by gardai, the former baker refused to identify those who murdered Michael Campbell McNamara saying he did not "mind for myself" but was concerned for his children's safety.

When sentencing Nolan in 2007, Judge Carroll Moran said it was not the case that the defendant murdered him but "he lured him in a position where he was brutally killed".

Gardai suspect the McCarthy-Dundon gang murdered Mr Campbell McNamara.

Since his release from prison earlier this year, Wayne Dundon has returned to Limerick intermittently. The McCarthy-Dundon gang's stronghold is in the Weston area of the city and Dundon's home is surrounded by a CCTV system.

He last left Limerick last month after attempting to extort money from local drug dealers.

While the drug dealers targeted by the ruthless criminal are regarded by gardai to be on the lower end of the criminal scale, Dundon has begun a campaign to extract a percentage of their illegally earned revenue.

With the vast majority of his gang behind bars serving sentences or awaiting trial next year, Dundon is in desperate need of cash as he attempts to tighten the McCarthy-Dundon's control of the drugs trade on the southside of Limerick.

Irish Independent

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