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Murder suspect Killeen will miss mother's funeral

A MAN who was 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 morning.

The body of Ms Killeen, who was in her 50s, was recovered from the river at Locke Quay in Limerick at around 1am. Emergency services raced to the scene after the alarm was raised. 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 arraigned before the non-jury court and pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutor Michael O'Higgins SC said in his opening speech that Wayne Dundon had directed the murder from prison, Killeen was the getaway driver and another man, James Dillon, was the gunman.

The trial, before Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley, Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge Ann Ryan, is the first to be heard by three female judges. It is scheduled to resume on Tuesday.


Killeen was told in Portlaoise prison of his mother's death. He is being held on remand for the trial after he finished a five-year-sentence for violent disorder last Monday.

Remand prisoners must apply for an armed escort to leave the prison or go to the courts. He is unlikely to be granted any leave for the funeral while the trial continues.