Man offered €20k to partake in Collins murder, court hears

Publican recounts conversation with dying son Roy at trial of Wayne Dundon

Wayne Dundon (35) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect; pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old businessman Roy Collins

Wayne Dundon (35) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect; pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old businessman Roy Collins

Mon, May 12, 2014, 19:08

A convicted Limerick criminal told the Special Criminal Court today that he was offered €20,000 to take part in the killing of publican Steve Collins, the father of murdered Limerick businessman Roy Collins.

Gareth Collins said that he repeatedly refused to be the getaway driver in the killing and he said that Wayne Dundon told him to be the driver by mobile phone from his prison cell.

Wayne Dundon (35) of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect; and Nathan Killeen (23) of Hyde Road, Prospect have pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old businessman Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9th, 2009.

Gareth Collins, also known as Gareth Keogh, who is 31, told the court that he is serving a seven- and-half-year prison sentence imposed by the Special Criminal Court for demanding money with menaces and threatening to kill. He said he has twelve months of that sentence left to serve.

He told prosecuting counsel Michael O’Higgins SC, that he shared a cell with Wayne Dundon and one one occasion he heard Dundon having a mobile phone conversation with his wife. He said that Dundon was “snapping” and was upset. Dundon said that his wife said to him “don’t let them get away with this. They are after ruining our family.” He took this as a reference to the Collins family.

He said he was released from prison in January 2008 and went to live in Portlaoise with his ex-girlfriend and daughter. He said he went to Limerick for a family do and missed the bus back to Portlaoise and he took a Mercedes car that was parked in Raheen Square.

The next day his sister told him that Ger Dundon was “going mad” about the car and that there was a kilo of weed in the boot. The witness said he looked in the boot and there was nothing there. His sister told him that Ger Dundon wanted €5,000 for the car and the “weed”, €1,000 for the car and €4,000 for the weed. He said that later Ger Dundon calmed down.

In March 2009 he said Nathan Killeen came to his sister’s house in Limerick where he had moved and asked him to drive a car and there would be “twenty grand” for doing that. He said he handed him his mobile phone and Wayne Dundon was on the line. He said Dundon asked him about driving a car.