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Masked prisoner abuses Irish judge via jail video link

By Barry Duggan

An Irish judge shut down a video link from a prison after a man emerged on camera with a bandana covering his face and began abusing him.

Up to 100 people in Limerick District Court watched as Ger Dundon, wearing a black bandana -- bandit style -- over his mouth and nose, began shouting comments at Judge Tom O'Donnell.

Dundon (24) from Hyde Road, Co Limerick, appeared via video link from Limerick prison after he was arrested last April.

He was charged with committing violent disorder at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, Co Limerick, on February 17, 2010.

When asked if could he see and hear the court for his hearing, Dundon raised his middle finger to the camera. When asked to show respect to the judge and court, Dundon shouted "westside" and said he was not listening to the judge.

He put his hands behind his ears while continuously shouting before the judge terminated the video link.

His barrister told the court it was Dundon's 86th day in custody since his arrest and he was objecting to the book of evidence in relation to the case not being served on him.

Judge O'Donnell said he was not going "to put up" with Dundon's performance. He adjourned the case until Friday.

Dundon was one of eight men who were arrested last April. Two brothers who were also arrested likewise hurled insults at the court and judge yesterday via a video link.

Christopher McCormack (27) of McNamara Terrace, Wolfe Tone Street, Co Limerick, and his younger brother, David McCormack (25), from Crecora Avenue, Weston, Co Limerick, are both charged with committing violent order at Sarsfield Avenue, Garryowen, on February 17, 2010.

The solicitor for Christopher McCormack said his client was anxious to be brought to court yesterday from prison.

Over the video link, Christopher claimed the book of evidence against him would be served yesterday.

When shown the book on camera and told he would be brought to court on Friday, Christopher told the judge: "I think your court is a kangaroo court. You are a stitch-up motherf**ker," he said to the judge before the video link was cut.

A solicitor for David McCormack said her client also wanted to be brought to court to receive the book of evidence. When the judge refused to do so, David McCormack said all the guards were corrupt in his eyes and also accused the judge of being corrupt.

Five other men charged with a variety of offences including threatening to kill a man, violent disorder and demanding money with menaces will all be brought to the same court on Friday.

Judge O'Donnell asked that arrangements be made to serve the books of evidence to the men before Friday.

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