Friday 20 April 2018

Phone seized in court over suspicions of call to Dundon

Barry Duggan

A MOBILE phone was seized from a woman at Limerick courthouse after gardai suspected she was ringing convicted murderer Dessie Dundon with updates on his girlfriend's trial.

Dundon (29) was removed from his cell in the Midlands Prison yesterday as prison officers searched for a mobile phone.

Gardai suspect that a woman who had been watching the trial of Dessie's girlfriend, Ciara Lynch (21) from the public gallery at Limerick Circuit Criminal Court had been providing Dundon with regular updates throughout the three-day case.


The phone was hidden inside her bra yesterday when gardai stopped her at the courthouse shortly before the jury returned their not guilty verdict. Investigations are continuing.

Lynch -- originally from Southill, Limerick -- was a 12-year-old child when her current boyfriend, Dessie Dundon was imprisoned for life at the age of 20.

The pair have been going out since she was 16 years old, but in the intervening five years, she has never met her partner outside of prison.

Lynch has previously been convicted of violent disorder when she and three other women attacked Alice Collins's Suzuki jeep in Limerick on September 13, 2010.

Yesterday Anne Casey -- the wife of criminal Wayne Dundon -- and her sister, Lisa, celebrated with Ciara as she was found not guilty of threatening and intimidating April Collins and her mother, Alice.

A jury found her not guilty after deliberating for just over an hour yesterday.

After she was found not guilty on both charges, Ms Lynch hugged her legal representatives and her supporters in the public gallery -- including Wayne Dundon's wife, Anne.

Ms Collins is the former partner of criminal Ger Dundon. Members of the Collins family were escorted from the court by armed gardai afterwards.

Irish Independent

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