Friday 13 December 2019

Man threatened to kill murder victim's sister

Claire O'Brien

A man has pleaded guilty to two counts of threatening to kill the sister of murdered Limerick man Roy Collins.

But Stephen O'Reilly (23), of Elmworth Court, Belhavel, Athlone, denied as part of one of the charges that he threatened to rape and slit the throat of Leanne Collins.

Mullingar Circuit Court heard how O'Reilly had admitted telling Ms Collins that Wayne Dundon would give him "good money" for killing her, although he said he didn't know the Limerick gangland figure.

The threat came after a row over a small amount of money which O'Reilly said Ms Collins, who was a hairdressing student in Athlone last year, owed him.

On April 12 last year, he chased her boyfriend for the money, allegedly with a hammer, then warned her not to contact gardai.

He later phoned her at home and she told gardai that he threatened to rape her, slit her throat and shoot her.

While he was on bail on that alleged offence, he made a second threat to kill her, this time within earshot of a garda, although it was only Ms Collins who recognised his voice as he passed in a car on John Broderick Street, in Athlone on June 27.

Ms Collins was not in court. Det Sgt Eamon Curley, referring to her victim-impact statement, said she had left Athlone because of intimidation.

O'Reilly, who has 51 previous convictions, apologised for the threats and said that he wished he could change what he had said.

Judge Anthony Kennedy will pass sentence today.

Irish Independent

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