Monday 26 February 2018

Murdered Roy's dad says tide is turning on crime

Brian Hutton

THE father of murdered Limerick businessman Roy Collins (pictured) said the renewal of anti-gang laws has transformed the city.

Steve Collins said legislation brought in a year ago after his son Roy, right, was shot dead, because his family gave evidence in a criminal trial, was bringing people back on to the streets.

"There's been a huge push of in-your-face policing and gangs are starting to break up," he said.

He said the laws, "are going to prove to be the turning point in this gangland problem".

The Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act, introduced last July allows gangsters to be brought before the non-jury Special Criminal Court. It also outlawed directing and taking part in gang crime.

Mr Collins said Limerick gang bosses have been rounded up as a direct result of the legislation.

Irish Independent

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