A HIGH-PROFILE Limerick figure last night sparked political outrage after he appeared on a court prison video link with his face partially masked by a bandana mask and making a finger gestures to the camera.
Gerard Dundon, aged 24, of Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, Limerick, is charged with committing violent disorder at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, on February 17 last.
When he appeared by video link from Limerick prison to Limerick District Court yesterday, he was clearly wearing a bandana.
After making several hand gestures, including a long finger gesture, Judge Tom O’Donnell said he was not going to put up with such a performance and shut off the camera link.
Fine Gael justice spokesman, Alan Shatter, TD last night said: “I am calling on the Minister for Justice to say how this could have happened.”
A spokesman for the prison service, not denying the prisoner was wearing a bandana on the prison video link, said bandanas and balaclavas or anything which inhibited the identity of prisoners were not allowed.
State solicitor Michael Murray told the judge that the book of evidence was ready and could be served.
Dundon was remanded in continuing custody until Friday for the service of the book of evidence.
Five others, arrested in the same operation three months ago, were also remanded in custody to appear in court on Friday after the court was told that the books of evidence were ready for service. They also appeared by video link from Limerick prison.
Brothers Christopher McCormack, aged 27, of McNamara Terrace, Wolfe Tone Street, and David McCormack, aged 25, of Crecora Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, are charged with committing violent disorder at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, on February 17.
Gareth Keogh Collins, aged 27, of Hyde Avenue, and his father James Collins, aged 47, of Crecora Avenue, are charged with demanding money with menaces at John Carew Park on unspecified dates between January 29, 2009, and February 29, 2009.
The father and son are also charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to a person on October 17, 2009, at the Milk Market and with demanding money with menaces on the same date.
Gareth Keogh Collins is also charged with committing violent disorder at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, on February 17 last.
Christopher McCarthy, aged 27, of Crecora Avenue, is charged with threatening to kill or cause serious harm to a person at the Milk Market and with demanding money with menaces on the same date.
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