Saturday 20 January 2018

Two accused of murder seek tapes of call recordings

Pictured is Stephen Collins (Roy Collins' Father) pictured at his home in Limerick.
Pictured is Stephen Collins (Roy Collins' Father) pictured at his home in Limerick.

Brian Kavanagh

TWO men due to stand trial for the murder of businessman Roy Collins are seeking recordings of communications between garda stations and prisons, a court has heard.

Wayne Dundon (35), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Co Limerick, and Nathan Killeen (23), of Hyde Road, Prospect, are charged with the murder of Mr Collins (35) at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre, Limerick, on April 9, 2009.

They are due to stand trial at the Special Criminal Court on April 29 before presiding judge Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley.


Counsel for Mr Killeen, Giollaiosa O Lideadha SC, told the court that there were outstanding issues, including a defence request for disclosure of all communications between garda stations and among prosecution witnesses, some of whom were in prison at the time.

Mr O Lideadha said he thought the prosecution was to give some outline as to the potential sources of relevant information, in particular any issue of recording at Henry Street and Roxboro Road garda stations in Limerick, and also the prisons involved – which appeared to have recording systems in place.

Counsel for the State, Michael O'Higgins SC, said it was clear that the process of disclosure was becoming increasingly complicated and he proposed that the matter be put back until next week.

Mr O'Higgins told the court that as far as the prison recordings were concerned, it had to be established whether there was a call, roughly when it was made and how long ago it was archived.

Mr O Lideadha asked the court to bear in mind that communications between persons in prison and the gardai may well have been recorded and may contain "very significant information".

He said it was not the defence's fault that "they record so much they are going to have trouble finding the relevant bits".

Mr Justice Paul Butler said it was preferable for the court constituted to try the case to deal with the issue.

He adjourned the matter until Wednesday next.

Irish Independent

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