Tuesday 21 November 2017

Star witness in Roy Collins murder trial tells court he mistakenly implicated Wayne Dundon in separate murder

Roy Collins
Roy Collins
Wayne Dundon

Natasha Reid

The principle witness against Wayne Dundon in the Roy Collins murder trial has explained how he mistakenly implicated Dundon in separate murder that he could not have committed.

Gareth Collins was recalled to the witness box this morning after it emerged that Wayne Dundon had been in prison when the witness said he had tried to get Collins to help kill bouncer Brian Fitzgerald.

Collins had already testified at the Special Criminal Court, where Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect is on trial with Nathan Killeen (24) of Hyde Road, Prospect.

They have both pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre, Limerick 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.

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.

Last month, 31-year-old Collins testified that Dundon offered him €20,000 to take part in the murder. He said Dundon made the offer over the phone from his prison cell, but said he repeatedly refused.

It has since emerged that Collins also implicated Dundon in the 2002 murder of bouncer Brian Fitzgerald. He told gardai that he hid under a bed when Dundon called for him on the night of the murder, a night Wayne Dundon was actually in prison.

When he was recalled to the witness box this morning, he said that he had run upstairs and hidden under a bed when he saw a car arrive that night.

“My mother answered the door,” he said. “I didn’t see him (Wayne Dundon) coming in at all. My mother told me that.”

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

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