The solicitor for Limerick crime boss John Dundon says his client may appeal after being found guilty of murder today.
Dundon was found guilty at the Special Criminal Court of the murder of innocent rugby player Shane Geoghegan in a case of mistaken identity.
“He still maintains his innocence and in accordance with his instructions, and what we believe, yes we do believe that there is a case there that we can appeal and hopefully prove his innocence in the long term - while still sympathising and deeply regretting the loss of Shane Geoghegan,” said solicitor John Devane.
Dundon (aged 30) of Hyde Road in Limerick, listened to music on headphones, often humming, in the courtroom throughout a lengthy judgment that convicted him of ordering the hit that killed the 28-year-old rugby player near his home almost five years ago.
“He wore the headphones because, as he said afterwards, that he just did not want to try and hear what was going on and hear a tissue of acceptances on the State’s part, that what witnesses said about his was false – he didn’t want to hear the courts accepting that,” said Mr Devane.
When asked if his client’s sympathy for the Geoghegan family was genuine, Mr Devane said: “I believe it was – at least I certainly hope it was, and I believe it was.
He also denied that it he had any difficulty in representing Dundon, whom he accused of threatening to assault him in 2009.
In a statement, Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said the thoughts and prayers of the Gardaí are with the Geoghegan family - and he congratulated all members of the force whose work led to Dundon's conviction.
He said the conviction demonstrates the state's capacity to deal with the most serious criminal cases.