Grandmother tells court of alleged death threats made against her son
Published 24/02/2012 | 05:00
A MAN warned a grandmother that she was digging her own grave and it was very easy to make people disappear, a court has heard.
Alice Collins (48) told the Special Criminal Court yesterday that Wayne Dundon said he would personally kill her son.
Wayne Dundon (33) of Lenihan Avenue, Limerick, denies five charges of threatening to kill Alice Collins and her three children, April (24), Gareth (29) and Jimmy (30), on dates between September 2010 and March 2011 in Limerick city.
Younger brother John Dundon (30) of Hyde Road denies threatening to kill April and Alice Collins on April 3 and 4 last.
Alice Collins told the court that she lived at 31 Hyde Avenue, Limerick, and following a fight in Limerick prison between her son, Gareth, and Nathan Killeen, her Suzuki jeep was attacked by four women outside her home on September 30, 2010.
She said the same evening Wayne walked into her front room, was in a very agitated state and said to her, "John will hunt people down if his wife goes to jail."
She claimed that Wayne Dundon referred to Alice's son Jimmy and said to her: "This is how it could be sorted. Our John will give some fool €10,000 to shoot your Jimmy."
Mrs Collins told the court that Wayne then said: "Gareth will stand in front of me. He will look in my face and it will be the last face he will see. I am going to kill him myself."
Just before leaving her home, Mrs Collins said Mr Dundon turned to her and said: "You're digging your own grave, it is very easy to make people disappear." She claimed that he put the "fear of God" into her and she noted the incident on an envelope.
She admitted that her daughter, April -- an ex-girlfriend of Ger Dundon who is a brother of the two defendants -- was now in a relationship with Thomas O'Neill who Wayne Dundon referred to as a rapist.
She told Mr Justice Paul Butler, Ms Justice Alison Lindsay and Judge Cormac Dunne that she believed that Mr Dundon's threats against her were a life threat and said "one of my family is going to be killed".
"I thought they were coming at me for charging their girlfriends. Nobody does that to the Dundons and gets away with it," Mrs Collins said.
In cross examination, she said she did not make her statement until April 2011 as she hoped it would all go away beforehand.
"You don't go to the garda station, make a statement on him (Mr Dundon) and survive it. If the court convicts, I might stay alive a bit longer," she said.
When arrested by investigating gardai, Wayne Dundon told officers that statements were made against him as April was in a relationship with Thomas O'Neill and she was afraid they would take her and Ger Dundon's three children from her.
"Thomas O'Neill is a rapist. No judge would leave the kids with him," he said to officers.
The trial continues today.