Murder accused to miss mum's funeral
A MAN charged with the murder of businessman Roy Collins will miss his mother's funeral because of his ongoing trial.
Susan Killeen – whose son Nathan is on trial before the Special Criminal Court – was found dead in the early hours of yesterday.
The body of Ms Killeen, who is aged in her 50s, was recovered in the river at Locke Quay in Limerick around 1am.
Emergency services raced to the scene shortly after people raised the alarm. Her death is being treated as a tragedy.
On Thursday, the trial of Nathan Killeen (23,) of Hyde Road, Prospect, Limerick and Wayne Dundon (35), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Limerick, opened before the Special Criminal Court. The pair are charged with murdering Roy Collins (35) at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009. They were arraig- ned before the non-jury court yesterday and pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutor Michael O'Higgins said in his opening speech that Wayne Dundon had directed the murder from prison, Nathan Killeen was the getaway driver and another man, James Dillon, was the gunman.
The four-week trial is scheduled to begin again next Tuesday.
Nathan Killeen is unlikely to be granted any leave for his mother's funeral while the trial continues.