Tuesday 12 December 2017

Mother of man on trial for killing of Roy Collins has drowned

Roy Collins
Roy Collins

The mother of a man who is standing trial on a charge of murdering Roy Collins has drowned.

Susan Killeen (55), the mother of Nathan Killeen, drowned following an incident at Locke Quay in Limerick City in the early hours of this morning.

It’s understood the alarm was raised by a passerby at 12.30am and her body was recovered from the river half an hour later.

The mother of three was pronounced dead at the scene, and her body has been taken to University Hospital Limerick for a post mortem.

Her son Nathan Killeen is this week standing trial at the Special Criminal Court, charged with the murder of businessman Roy Collins.

The prosecution alleges that Nathan Killeen was the getaway driver in the killing which happened at Coin Castle Amusements in the Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.

Wayne Dundon directed the murder from prison while another man not in court was the gunman, prosecutor Michael O'Higgins SC said in his opening speech. Dundon (35) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect; and Killeen (23) of Hyde Road, Prospect, are charged with murdering the 35-year-old.

They were arraigned before the Special Criminal Court yesterday and pleaded not guilty.

The three judges heard that Mr Collins was at work that day when a lone 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.

Mr O'Higgins said there was evidence that shortly beforehand, Killeen was in the shopping centre, where the deceased owned the arcade and his father, Stephen Collins, owned a pub.

He said the court would hear evidence that in the aftermath of the killing, detectives spotted two youths who they believed were the accused men.

When the detectives called them, they took flight and one climbed over a wall. A house was then surrounded and Nathan Killeen was found in an attic and arrested.

However, Mr O'Higgins said that the 'meat of the case' was to be found in the evidence of five witnesses, who were associates of the accused men.

These were siblings Gareth Collins Keogh, Lisa Collins and April Collins, along with Christopher McCarthy and Anthony McCarthy, who were cousins of the Dundons.

Yesterday, the trial was adjourned until next Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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