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Man made death threats hours after jail release, trial told

A MAN threatened to kill his brother's ex-girlfriend seven hours after he was released from prison, a court has heard.

John Dundon (30), who is on trial at the Special Criminal Court for threatening to kill April Collins and her mother Alice on April 3/4 last year in Limerick city, told investigating gardai that April was "a crack-head" and "a prostitute" who had a vendetta against him.

The non-jury court was yesterday provided with interviews John Dundon gave to investigating officers at Henry Street garda station when arrested last year by Det Gda Ollie Foley.

Shane Costelloe, prosecuting, said John Dundon told officers he was released from Cloverhill prison at 2pm on April 3 last and was collected by his sister, Annabel, girlfriend, Ciara Killeen and Christy Clancy.

They arrived back in Limerick before 6pm and went to his home where he was greeted by his eldest brother, Wayne Dundon (33).

"I shook Wayne's hand and said it was nice to be out," John Dundon told gardai.

That night, 10 people spent the evening drinking and chatting at 80 Hyde Road where John Dundon lived with his girlfriend, two children and sister.

The court heard that John Dundon -- who had not had a drink in two years -- drank five bottles of Budweiser and a glass of wine.

Lies

He told officers that April's allegations that he threatened to kill her and her mother were false, comical and all lies.

"I did not threaten April Collins or look for somebody to bury her mother," a statement from Mr Dundon read.

Wayne Dundon also denies charges of threatening to kill Alice Collins, her daughter and two sons, Gareth and Jimmy on dates between September 2010 and March 2011 in Limerick.

The trial continues.

Irish Independent