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Friday 29 August 2014

Roy Collins murder trial enters 'trial within a trial' over voice recognition evidence

Brian Kavanagh

Published 19/05/2014 | 18:11

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The Special Criminal Court trial of two Limerick man charged with the murder of businessman Roy Collins has entered a trial within a trial after voice recognition evidence was given by a prosecution witness.

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April Collins today gave evidence in the trial of Wayne Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect and Nathan Killeen (24) of Hyde Road, Prospect who have pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.

Ms Collins, who grew up on Hyde Avenue in Ballinacurra Weston, used to be in a relationship with Gerard Dundon - a brother of the accused Wayne Dundon - and had three children with him. Her brother Gareth Collins gave evidence last week that he was offered €20,000 to take part in the killing of publican Steve Collins, the father of Roy Collins.

April Collins told prosecution counsel Mr Sean Guerin SC, that on the day Roy Collins was shot her son was sick and she had to take him to the regional hospital in Dooradoyle.

While in the hospital, Ms Collins said that she received a call on her mobile phone.

At that point Mr Michael Bowman BL, for Wayne Dundon, said that there was an issue on voice recognition and asked the court to take the matter as a voir dire, which is a trial within a trial to determine legal issues on the evidence. 

The cross-examination of Ms Collins in the voir dire continues tomorrow at the trial before presiding judge Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley, sitting with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge Ann Ryan.

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