Friday 15 November 2019

Shot man's girlfriend 'saw killer'

Members of the Garryowen rugby club formed a guard of honour at the funeral of Shane Geoghegan
Members of the Garryowen rugby club formed a guard of honour at the funeral of Shane Geoghegan

The girlfriend of a rugby player shot dead in a case of mistaken identity heard the attack and saw the gunman who killed him, a court has heard.

John Dundon has gone on trial for the murder of Shane Geoghegan, who was shot five times near the Limerick home he shared with Jenna Barry in November 2008.

State prosecutors alleged Dundon ordered the killing of the victim's neighbour John McNamara, nicknamed Pitchfork - but that a gunman, already convicted of the murder, shot the wrong man.

Tom O'Connell, senior counsel, said the case centres on three State witnesses - April Collins, her sister Lisa and her partner Christopher McCarthy - whose lives are under threat.

"In this case the prosecution is very, very anxious to proceed," he said, as the accused, who is on hunger strike, hired a new legal team for the four week trial.

The case at the Special Criminal Court will resume on Monday to give Dundon's new legal team time to read 10,000 documents and examine CCTV footage.

Dundon, 30, from Hyde Road, Limerick, who cannot read or write, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Geoghegan near his home at Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, on November 9 2008.

The wheelchair bound inmate has said he is on hunger strike. It is understood he has only been consuming liquids for a number of weeks in dispute of the case going ahead and looked pale and thin as he sat in the court in jeans and a striped jumper.

The three judge non-jury court heard Garryowen rugby player Geoghegan had been watching an Ireland rugby international at a friend's house and texted Ms Barry shortly before 1am on Sunday, November 9, saying he would be home shortly. Mr O'Connell said within minutes Ms Barry heard shots, looked out her window and saw a man in a navy hooded top running towards a getaway car, a stolen Renault Espace later found burnt out a mile away.

The court heard gardai on the scene by 1.06am noticed the windows of another house on the estate had been shattered and went down the side of the house where they found the victim lying on the step of the back door.

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