Monday 23 October 2017

State witness who brought down Limerick crime gang marries rapist and mocks ex online

Thomas O'Neill and April Collins at their wedding. Picture: Facebook
Thomas O'Neill and April Collins at their wedding. Picture: Facebook
April Collins wed Thomas O'Neill in Limerick city. Picture: Facebook
A stetch limousine at the service. Picture: Facebook
April Collins with her bridesmaids at the wedding in Limerick city. Picture: Facebook
April Collins at her wedding. Picture: Facebook
April Collins. Picture: Facebook
Thomas O'Neill and April Collins at their wedding. Picture: Facebook
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

State witness April Collins has married her partner, Cratloe Woods rapist Thomas O’Neill.

Ms Collins, whose evidence was crucial in bringing down the notorious Dundon gang, has posted a series of photos of their low-key ceremony on Facebook.

The 29-year-old mother, from Limerick city, has also written a number of gushing messages describing her love for convicted rapist O’Neill.

In a message, posted online this afternoon, she wrote: “Love my husband and kids no better feeling then having my husband wit us as a family all time or family complete”.

Ms Collins, who is now using O’Neill’s father’s name Sheehy, also posted a link to a story about her former partner Ger Dundon being arrested following a high-speed chase in the city.

Above it she posted a series of smiley faces.

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The couple exchanged vows in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Ballincurra Weston, and a reception took place at their home on Clarina Avenue in the city.

The new bride, a mother of four, has posted dozens of photos from the day online, including pictures of a stretch limousine used for the small service.

O’Neill (28) has over 30 previous convictions and was last sentenced in 2013 to three and a half years in connection with a robbery.

Last September he was found not guilty of threatening to kill or cause serious harm to a Limerick grandfather.

Thomas O'Neill and April Collins at their wedding. Picture: Facebook
Thomas O'Neill and April Collins at their wedding. Picture: Facebook

He denied he threatened to shoot Liam Casey snr at Byrne Avenue, Prospect, on November 17, 2015.

When he was just 16 lead a gang of three youths and an older man, in the rape of a woman at Cratloe Woods, Co Clare in 2004.

He was jailed for ten years for the rape and continued to offend upon his release.

In 2013 Ms Collins helped bring down the Dundon crime gang.

Her evidence in the Shane Geoghegan murder trial saw John Dundon jailed for life.

She also gave evidence against his brother Wayne Dundon who was subsequently jailed for life for the murder of innocent businessman Roy Collins.

She has entered the state witness programme but continues to live in her native Limerick despite threats to her life.

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