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Dundon jailed for Geoghegan murder

Crime boss John Dundon has been jailed for life for planning, directing and arranging the brutal murder of an innocent man in a case of mistaken identity.

Dundon listened to rap music on headphones, sometimes humming and nodding along, as he was found guilty ordering the hit that killed rugby player Shane Geoghegan almost five years ago.

Dressed in a black tracksuit, the 30-year-old made a crude gesture with his hand as three judges in the non-jury Special Criminal Court imposed a life sentence.

The gunman, Dublin man Barry Doyle, was convicted of the murder in February last year and jailed for life.

Dundon, of Hyde Road in Limerick, plans to appeal against his conviction for the murder of Mr Geoghegan near his home at Clonmore, Kilteragh, Dooradoyle, on November 9, 2008.

Judge Nicholas Kearns said the evidence of three state witnesses - particularly April Collins, a former girlfriend of Dundon's younger brother Ger - had been credible and truthful.

"That testimony places the accused John Dundon in a central role in the planning, direction and arrangements for the crime in question," he added.

Mr Geoghegan, 28, a Garryowen rugby player, had been watching an Ireland rugby international at a friend's house before he was shot dead close to the home he shared with girlfriend Jenna Barry, who heard shots being fired and a saw a man run to a stolen getaway car.

He was shot five times with a Glock semi-automatic pistol and was crouched down facing the gunman when some of the bullets were fired. The fatal shot was to the back of his head.

Dundon, a career criminal, had ordered the killing of the victim's neighbour John "Pitchfork" McNamara, but Doyle shot the wrong man based on Dundon's description, Collins said.

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