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Crime boss in court in jail phone claims

A LEADING gang boss has appeared in court charged with illegal possession of a mobile phone in a high-security jail.

Limerick man John Dundon (30) was allegedly caught with the mobile phone while he was serving a sentence in Wheatfield Prison.

He has since been transferred from Wheatfield to another prison.

Dundon, with an address at Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, appeared before Blanchardstown District Court charged with possession of a mobile phone without the permission of the prison governor.

The alleged incident took place at Wheatfield Prison, Cloverhill Road, Dublin, on April 12.

The court heard that the DPP has directed summary disposal of the matter in the District Court.

Dundon's lawyer said he has received all statements in relation to the allegation and he needed some time to speak to his client.

Judge Patrick McMahon said he would set the matter down for hearing and he adjourned the case to a date in September for hearing.

There was a large security presence at Blanchardstown court for Dundon's brief appearance. Armed detectives stood beside Dundon when he was taken into the court, and armed officers also stood at the entrance to the courtroom.

Dundon, who was wearing tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt, said nothing during the short hearing.