JOHN Dundon is to appeal to the Supreme Court today (Thursday) to have his trial formerly adjourned from the Special Criminal Court amid claims his defence team have not been given sufficient time to prepare for the murder trial he faces.
The 30-year-old is charged with the murder of Limerick rugby player Shane Geoghegan in 2008 in a case of mistaken identity that shocked the nation. Earlier this week, Dundon’s trial was adjourned until Friday pending the outcome of an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Dundon, of Hyde Road, Limerick had made a previous application for an adjournment to the High Court because of the volume of material disclosed to his defence team shortly before the trial. After failing in the High Court bid, he went on hunger strike at Portlaoise Prison and last weekend was found in an unresponsive state by Prison officers.
On Monday he was brought to hospital but later discharged. He later appeared in a wheelchair at the Special Criminal Court dressed in shorts. His barrister told the court that Dundon had been returned to prison after the hospital check-up but did not have an opportunity to get his clothes and refused to wear prison clothes.
Mr Justice Paul Butler said that the court was not going to micromanage the situation but said that the accused was to dress appropriately for his trial and the matter was adjourned until Friday.
Dundon is also seeking to have different judges hear his case at the Special Criminal Court.