Saturday 24 February 2018

Collins murder suspect free from prison

Barry Duggan

THE criminal who gardai believe was the second man responsible for the murder of innocent businessman Roy Collins has been released from prison. The young man, who is a member of the notorious McCarthy-Dundon gang, walked free from jail over the weekend after completing an eight-month sentence for drugs offences.

Gardai are attempting to build a case against the individual in relation to the murder, which took place at the Coin Castle amusement arcade in Roxboro, Limerick, in April 2009.

Officers have had talks with the Director of Public Prosecutions with a view to securing a second murder conviction. James Dillon (24) pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Collins last month and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

The second individual, who was not named at Dillon's sentencing, is a notorious criminal who has in excess of 90 convictions.

It is understood he drove the getaway car used in the murder of Mr Collins and was arrested shortly after the incident hiding in a home in the McCarthy-Dundon neighbourhood.

Gardai also believe he has information on the murder of rugby player Shane Geoghegan in November 2008. A man has been charged with the murder and is awaiting trial.

Irish Independent

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