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Thursday 17 August 2017

Dundon 'sorry' after attack on his own lawyer

John Dundon
John Dundon

CONVICTED murderer John Dundon apologised to his solicitor two days after he assaulted him at Limerick courthouse.

John Devane said he did not formally make a complaint against the Limerick crime boss, despite pressure that was put on him to do so.

He said the "alleged assault" was a "minor matter" and he was happy to leave it at that.

Speaking at the time, the well-known Limerick solicitor said he was warned immediately afterwards that if he made a statement to gardai he would be "a dead man walking".

Mr Devane is now preparing an appeal on behalf of the notorious gangster, who was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for ordering the murder of Shane Geoghegan (28) in November 2008.

Eyewitnesses at Limerick courthouse in September 2009 saw Dundon grab the solicitor by the neck in a corridor and knock him to the ground.

Afterwards, a visibly shaken Mr Devane returned to the courtroom and informed Judge Tom O'Donnell that he had been assaulted and was too upset to continue with the listed cases.

Among those who had requested Mr Devane to make a complaint was the then mayor of Limerick, Kevin Kiely.

Limerick publican Steve Collins, whose son Roy was gunned down by the notorious McCarthy Dundon gang, also appealed to the solicitor to make a formal complaint.

Yesterday, Mr Devane told the Herald he now enjoyed a "good working relationship" with Dundon.

"It rectified itself two days later which I would like to have published that he [John Dundon] came to me and apologised to me and shook my hand and as far as I am concerned that was all and the end of it.

"The then mayor, Kevin Kiely, and I had a long chat and he saw the reasons why I didn't want to make a statement," Mr Devane said.

"It was a minor matter and I left it at that.

"I've had no truck with anybody since and in actual fact, when John Dundon fired his legal team, it was the family that approached me and asked me if I'd take it over and I said, obviously, of course."

Mr Devane said his client "didn't deserve" the sentence handed down to him at the Special Criminal Court and an appeal would be lodged.

He said he had also lodged papers in Europe in relation to the way the Special Criminal Court had "pushed" the case on for hearing.

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