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Saturday 23 September 2017

Don's pal may face court over taxi crash lies

THE best pal of slain gang boss Eamon 'the Don' Dunne "deliberately lied" while giving evidence in a damages claim, a judge has ruled.

AND now taxi man John Fairbrother from Cabra may face criminal charges for allegedly committing perjury in court.

Eamon Dunne was shot dead when he was celebrating Mr Fairbrother's 38th birthday in the Fassaugh House pub in Cabra in April, 2010.

Yesterday, Mr Fairbrother was in the Circuit Civil Court which heard how the taxi driver's car was rear-ended by a Hungarian motorist.



Devastated

The court heard two €38,000 claims by Mr Fairbrother and a woman from Cabra who was a passenger in the cab had already been settled by Zscot Nemes.

Car wash attendant Christopher Waldron (28) of Finglas claimed he was also a passenger in Mr Fairbrother's taxi.

But Judge Gerard Griffin said that Mr Fairbrother had been untruthful and dismissed the action.

Mr Fairbrother had known psychotic gangster Eamon Dunne since they were children and the taxi man was left devastated by the death of 'The Don' who gardai believe was murdered by a grouping of criminals from Cabra and the north inner city.

In the aftermath of the shocking gangland murder, Mr Fairbrother described how Dunne's then 17-year-old daughter Amy stood over her father screaming as his bullet-ridden body slumped to the floor.

Mr Fairbrother said Dunne's daughter shouted "me da, me da, someone help me da" after the shots rang out. He described the noise from the gun as "like Chinese fire-crackers going off".

Mr Fairbrother recalled how Dunne was in great form, even remarking that the party was "going to last three days".

'The Don' had bought his friend a watch as a present and had organised a stripper to come down later in the night.

Mr Fairbrother stayed with Dunne's body as mayhem broke out in the pub -- when most of The Don's other pals fled the scene.

Dunne, who ordered up to 17 murders, was not even wearing a bullet-proof vest and had his back to the door when he was targeted.

Yesterday, Judge Griffin said Section 26 of the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 stated that a court shall dismiss a claim where the judge was satisfied false or misleading evidence had been given to the court.

"On the balance of probabilities I am satisfied the plaintiff (Mr Waldron) and his witnesses (Mr Fairbrother) have been deliberately untruthful in their evidence and that the plaintiff has been untruthful in his pleadings," Judge Griffin said.



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"I am satisfied that in accordance with the Act no injustice would be done if I dismissed this action and, accordingly, I do. The witnesses have no credibility whatsoever and have perjured themselves," the judge added.

Judge Griffin said Mr Waldron had told the court he had not known Mr Fairbrother when he hired him but had, on his own admission, by the end of that day developed such a close relationship with him as to have been organising an estimate for the repair of his taxi.

kfoy@herald.ie

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