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John Dundon found guilty of the murder of Shane Geoghegan

The 30-year-old has been sentenced to life in prison.

Shane Geoghegan
Shane Geoghegan
Image: File photo

Update 21.22

JOHN DUNDON HAS been found guilty of the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan in Limerick in November 2008.

The three presiding judges at the Special Criminal Court decided the the evidence of the three main prosecution witnesses – including April Collins, the former partner of Dundon’s brother, and her sister Lisa – was credible.

The court has imposed the mandatory life sentence on Dundon for the murder.

Garryowen rugby player Shane Geoghegan was killed in the early hours of 9 November in a case of mistaken identity as he walked to his girlfriend’s house in Limerick. He was shot five times. The Court noted in its judgement that the intended target of the attack was John ‘Pitchford’ McNamara, a man who lived four doors away in the Clonmore estate.

Dublin man Barry Doyle was convicted of carrying out the murder but it was subsequently alleged that Dundon participated in the killing by way of ordering and directing the murder of McNamara at a meeting in early November 2008.

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Dundon had pleaded not guilty to the murder when he was arraigned on 2 July. He wore headphones as today’s verdict was being read, keeping his head down and nodding to music playing from a CD Walkman.

-Reporting by Rónán Duffy

- First published at 11.22

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