Monday 11 December 2017

Man told detectives he ran from gardai 'because he had hash', Roy Collins murder trial hears

Roy Collins
Roy Collins

One of the Limerick men on trial charged with murdering businessman Roy Collins told detectives that he ran from gardai shortly after the killing because he had hash.

The Special Criminal Court was hearing details of an interview that gardai carried out with Nathan Killeen.

Killeen (24) of Hyde Road, Prospect and Wayne Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect have pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.

The non-jury court has heard that Mr Collins was at work around noon that day when a gunman entered his amusement arcade and discharged a single shot, hitting him in the chest.

He was conscious for a time, but his life could not be saved.

It’s the prosecution case that Wayne Dundon directed the murder from prison, Nathan Killeen was the getaway driver and another man, James Dillon, was the gunman.

Detective Garda Maria Kiely has testified that she interviewed Nathan Killeen following the shooting and asked why he had run from gardai on Hyde Road shortly afterwards.

He told her that he had run because he had hash, which he had thrown before jumping over a wall.

When asked why he had then hidden in an attic, he said that he also had bags of weed.

The trial continues before three judges, presided over Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley.

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