Murderer brought TV remote to court in pocket
THERE were sharp intakes of breath as a convicted murderer pulled a TV remote from his pocket in the country's most secure court.
Notorious gangster Anthony 'Noddy' McCarthy sparked fears that he might have been able to smuggle a weapon into the Special Criminal Court after he gave evidence in the trial of two Limerick men charged with the murder of Roy Collins.
A judge in the non-jury court said it was "bewildering and unsatisfactory" that he was able to bring a remote control from prison into the court which is heavily guarded.
McCarthy (32), who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Kieran Keane in Limerick in January 2003, unexpectedly produced what he claimed was a mobile phone from the pocket of his trousers.
The production of the black rectangular object by McCarthy drew sharp intakes of breath as the trial of Wayne Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect and Nathan Killeen (24) of Hyde Road, Prospect, entered its closing stages.
The President of the High Court will now be informed of the incident after Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley, presiding judge of the Special Criminal Court (SCC), said the court was "not happy at all" that any item of that nature could have been brought into the SCC. Judge O'Malley's comments will also be passed on to Director of Public Prosecutions Claire Loftus.
McCarthy is one of the State's main witnesses in the trial of Mr Dundon and Mr Killeen. The duo has pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.
The trial has heard Mr Collins was at work around noon on April 9, 2009, when a gunman entered his amusement arcade and discharged a single shot. He was hit in the chest and died in hospital a short time later.
It is the prosecution case that Wayne Dundon directed the murder from prison, Nathan Killeen was the getaway driver and another man, James Dillon, was the gunman.
McCarthy told the court that while they were in Wheatfield prison together on the morning of Mr Collins' murder, his first cousin Wayne Dundon told him he had "ordered James Dillon to go kill Roy Collins".
McCarthy had pressed his trouser pocket to demonstrate the presence of a rectangular item – ostensibly to show how easy it was for a prisoner to have a mobile phone. The TV remote was removed from him.
The trial continues.