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Saturday 2 August 2014

Roy Collins' father relives his son's dying moments at Special Criminal Court

Published 12/05/2014|13:19

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Roy Collins RIP. Shot at Roxboro shopping centre, Limerick. 09.04.09
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Roy Collins
Pictured is Stephen Collins (Roy Collins' Father) pictured at his home in Limerick. 
Pic. Emma Jervis/ Press 22
Stephen Collins - Roy Collins' father - at his home in Limerick.

THE father of a murdered businessman has relived the last minutes he spent with his dying son.

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Roy Collins (35) died in hospital after he was shot on April 9th, 2009.

Mr Collins was owner of the Coin Castle Amusements at Roxboro Shopping Centre in Limerick and was shot on the premises.

Today, his father Steve Collins told the Special Criminal Court told how he cradled and comforted his son as he lay dying.

Wayne Dundon (35) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect; and Nathan Killeen (23) of Hyde Road, Prospect, are charged with murdering the 35-year-old. Both deny the charge.

Steve Collins told the court he owned a bar at the time, which was close to Coin Castle Amusements.

He ran into his son’s business when he heard somebody had been hurt.

When he got there, he saw his son crouched on his knees.

Roy Collins told his father that he had been shot but couldn’t tell him who had done it.

Mr Collins said his son was holding himself and having difficulty breathing. At this stage, Steve Collins saw a bullet on the ground.

Roy Collins told his father he loved him and his mother. Steve Collins then told his son not to talk in order to conserve his energy.

He remained by his dying son’s side until the emergency services arrived and rushed him to hospital. He died sometime later.

The trial continues.

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