Evidence in Dundon trial concludes


john dundonNatasha Reid

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A DEFENCE witness in the trial of John Dundon, who stands accused of the murder of Shane Geoghegan, has told the three judge non jury Special Criminal Court that he was not in the house when the 30-year-old allegedly ordered Barry Doyle to kill John McNamara.

Taking the stand, convicted criminal Liam “Lika” Casey (29) denied being at Dundon’s house and denied ever being at a meeting between Dundon and Doyle.

Casey, of Hyde Road, had been listed as one of men at the house.

Before the trial moved to closing speeches, Casey, who is serving seven years in prison for shooting a man in the legs three years ago, said he had often met John Dundon but said that he was not present at the alleged meeting.

John Dundon, 30, with an address of Hyde Road in Limerick has pleaded not guilty to the murder of the rugby player at Dooradoyle in 2008.

The trial heard how it’s alleged that the popular Garryowen rugby player was shot yards from his girlfriend’s house in a case of mistaken identity.

The court had been told that John Dundon would not give evidence in his own trial.

Another listed defence witness, Nathan Killeen, did not testify this Wednesday as the trial evidence concluded.

An application to have April Collins returned for cross-examination was denied by the judges who said that the defence counsel already had ample opportunity to cross-examine the witness.

April Collins gave evidence that she was present when John Dundon ordered the killing.

The three judge non jury Special Criminal Court is to give its verdict next Tuesday.