TWO men have appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with the murder of father-of-two Roy Collins.
Wayne Dundon (34), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Limerick, and Nathan Killeen, Hyde Road, Prospect, Limerick, were charged with the murder of Mr Collins at the Coin Castle amusement arcade at Roxboro Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.
Both men were remanded in custody to appear before the court again on April 23 next.
Garda Paul Crowley, Roxboro garda station, gave evidence of charging and cautioning Dundon in the body of the Courts of Criminal Justice, Dublin, this morning.
He then formally identified Dundon to the three judges.
Detective Garda Brian O'Connor, also of Roxboro, then gave evidence of charging and cautioning Killeen before the court hearing this morning.
He formally identified Killeen to the judges.
Neither defendant made any comment during the short hearing.
Counsel for Dundon, Shane O'Callaghan, raised the issue of the media's coverage of the case saying that a public representative had appeared on local radio in Limerick allegedly congratulating gardai on bringing his client before the courts.
Mr O'Callaghan said he was not asking for a media blackout of the case but suggested the court ask the media to "refrain from publishing such prejudicial statements".
Judge Paul Butler pointed out that there is no jury in the case and said he had his fellow judges were "not inclined to lecture people".
"This is an open court and everything can be reported" he said before adding that the court was not aware of any such statements.
He said he would not make any formal direction to the media but said there clearly should not be comment on matters relating to an upcoming trial.
Mr O'Callaghan applied for legal aid for his client.
Prosecuting solicitor Michael O'Donovan said Dundon and Killeen had been in custody for "some time" and no statement of means had been furnished to the court.
Judge Butler said a statement will have to be submitted before legal aid can be assigned.