Roy Collins murder trial told witnesses testified out 'of necessity to stay alive'
A garda has told the trial of two Limerick men charged with murdering businessman Roy Collins that some of the trial’s main witnesses had testified out of ‘a necessity to stay alive’.
Garda James Hourihan was being cross examined at the Special Criminal Court in the trial of Wayne Dundon and Nathan Killeen.
Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect and Killeen (24) of Hyde Road, Prospect have both pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre, Limerick on April 9, 2009.
The non-jury court has heard that Mr Collins was at work around noon that day when a gunman entered his amusement arcade and discharged a single shot, hitting him in the chest. He died of wounds to organs and blood vessels in his abdomen.
It’s 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.
Garda Hourihane testified this morning that he was one of the gardai who took an initial statement from the main prosecution witness against Dundon, Gareth Collins. The 31-year-old testified that Dundon offered him €20,000 to take part in the murder, but said he refused. His sister, April Collins, has also testified for the State.
Under cross examination by Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha, defending Killeen, Gda Hourihan said that Dundon had threatened to kill members of the Collins family in March 2011.
“It forced the hand of the Collins family to come forward and make statements,” he said. “It was a necessity to stay alive in my opinion.”
The trial continues before three judges, presided over by Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley.