Wednesday 22 November 2017

I knew he'd kill me, witness tells Dundon trial

Barry Duggan

AN EX-girlfriend of a criminal has told a court that she fully believed his eldest brother would kill her after she ended the eight-year relationship.

April Collins (24) -- the chief prosecution witness in a Special Criminal Court trial against brothers Wayne (33) and John Dundon (30) -- said she was terrified after Wayne threatened her, "as I knew he'd kill me".

Both brothers, with addresses in Limerick city, deny charges of threatening to kill four members of the Collins family on dates between September 2010 and April 2011.

Yesterday, April Collins said she ended her relationship with the defendants' youngest brother Ger Dundon in October 2010.

They have three sons together and the court heard Ms Collins stopped bringing the children to jail to see their father.

Ms Collins was flanked into the courtroom by four plain-clothed officers and spoke in a low voice throughout her testimony.

With the two defendants sitting across from her, she avoided looking in their direction and told the three judges: "I don't want to take notice of Wayne and John."

On March 25 last year, Ms Collins said she was hoovering the stairs at her home at Hyde Road, Limerick when Wayne Dundon came in and tapped her on the shoulder.

"He was very angry," she said.

She told the court that Wayne said to her: "What's going on with you and Ger? You're not letting the kids up to see him, Annabell's (Dundon's sister) been telling us."

"He started shouting: 'If anything happens to my brother over you, I'll kill you for it'.

"I started crying; I was terrified as I knew he'd kill me," she told the court.

Mistake

She also claimed that Wayne said: "I know your brother Gareth got my house burnt. Tell him from me, he won't get away with it. He won't make it through the prison gates".

She also claimed that on April 3 last, John Dundon was "bateing" down the front door.

"He was shouting, 'I know you are in there, you tramp. I want to see my nephews. When I catch you, I'm going to f**king kill you'," she told the court.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Flann Brennan heard that Ms Collins began a relationship with convicted rapist, Thomas O'Neill, last March and is expecting his child.

Cross-examining, Brian McCartney QC for John Dundon, said one of the matters concerning Ger Dundon was that a known violent sex offender would be living with his sons.

Ms Collins replied that her current boyfriend was not a paedophile. "He made a mistake. He received a prison sentence for it. He wasn't one bit violent towards me or any kids," Ms Collins said.

A recorded prison phone conversation from November 24, 2010 between Ger Dundon and April Collins was played to the court where they discussed O'Neill's release from jail.

The court heard that Ger Dundon employed a priest and a nun to bring his children to prison to see him.

Ms Collins admitted that her former partner often got a priest and nun to ring her, but she instructed the prison to take her phone number off his prison calls. The trial continues.

Irish Independent

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