Sunday 10 December 2017

Forensics link man to murder, court told

Roy Collins
Roy Collins

Natasha Reid

RESIDUE on the tracksuit bottoms of a suspect in the murder of Roy Collins supports the suggestion that he was at the shooting, a trial has heard.

A forensic scientist appeared at the Special Criminal Court yesterday in the trial of two Limerick men charged with murdering the businessman (pictured), on April 9, 2009.

Wayne Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, and Nathan Killeen (24), of Hyde Road, Prospect, have both pleaded not guilty to murdering the 35-year-old at Coin Castle Amusements in Limerick.

The prosecution claims Wayne Dundon directed the murder, Killeen was the driver and James Dillon the gunman.

Dr Thomas Hannigan of the Forensic Science Laboratory said he found firearms residue on tracksuit bottoms taken from Nathan Killeen after his arrest.

He said this comprised "a population of particles containing at least one characteristic particle and others consistent" with firearms residue.

"The majority of the particles found were similar to the residue from the cartridge case," he said, referring to the bullet shell found at the scene.

But he added he also found some particles inconsistent with those from that cartridge case.

"The presence of firearms residue on the tracksuit bottoms provides moderately strong support for the suggestion that Nathan Killeen was present when Roy Collins was shot," he said.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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