Tuesday 17 October 2017

Gardai believe they have found gun used to kill Roy Collins

Roy Collins: shot dead
Roy Collins: shot dead

Barry Duggan

THE handgun which gardai suspect was used to murder innocent businessman Roy Collins was found by a person clearing through undergrowth.

The Glock gun was found on the outskirts of Limerick city over the weekend and officers are now examining it.

The discovery was made in the Rosbrien area of Limerick city on Saturday morning.

The spot where the gun was found is near where a stolen Mercedes car -- used by the two killers to make their getaway from the murder scene -- was left to burn out.

While clearing overgrown shrubs and grass near railway tracks in the area, the person made the startling discovery of the handgun and gardai were immediately alerted.

The weapon has now been sent for forensic examination.

Gardai are working to identify whether it was the weapon that was used to gun down the eldest son of Limerick publican Steve Collins in 2009.

Investigating gardai believe that it may be the firearm used by members of the McCarthy-Dundon criminal gang to kill the 35-year-old who was shot dead in the casino he managed.

Roy Collins was shot dead in his casino by James Dillon (23) on April 9, 2009, four years after members of his family testified against feared criminal Wayne Dundon.

In the days after the killing, extensive searches were carried out by gardai in the Rosbrien area for the murder weapon, to no avail.

When Roy Collins was murdered, his family were under garda protection, but that did not prevent the McCarthy-Dundon gang from striking against the family.

Earlier this year, Steve Collins and his family moved abroad from Limerick. They felt they were left with no option as they lived under constant threat of attack.

Life

On the day of the murder, Roy Collins arrived to open his business, the Coin Castle amusement arcade, which was directly next door to his father's pub at Roxboro shopping centre.

Around noon, James Dillon and another man were seen arriving at the shopping centre in a black Mercedes which had been stolen in Dublin 10 days before. Dillon walked into the amusement arcade with a handgun and shot Collins once in the front of the body at close range.

He then jumped back into the Mercedes, which fled the scene at speed. The two men abandoned the car, which was later found partially burnt out, and made their way to Limerick's Crecora Avenue, where they were later arrested.

From Kennedy Park, south Limerick city, Dillon is serving a life sentence for the murder, but the garda investigation continues and officers are hopeful of prosecuting his co-accomplice in connection with the murder.

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