Wayne Dundon goes on trial for Limerick murder of Roy Collins

Dundon and Nathan Killeen charged with murder at Roxboro shopping centre in 2009

The scene   outside the Special Criminal Court in Dublin for the arrival of Wayne Dundon and  Nathan Killeen for a hearing last year. File photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

The scene outside the Special Criminal Court in Dublin for the arrival of Wayne Dundon and Nathan Killeen for a hearing last year. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Fri, May 2, 2014, 00:57

Two Limerick men have gone on trial at the Special Criminal Court charged with murdering businessman Roy Collins in the city five years ago.

Wayne Dundon (35), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, and Nathan Killeen (23) of Hyde Road, Prospect, are charged with murdering the 35-year-old at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9th, 2009.

They were arraigned before the non-jury court today and pleaded not guilty.

The three judges heard that Mr Collins was at work around noon that day when a single gunman entered his amusement arcade and discharged a single shot, hitting him in the chest. He was conscious for a time, but his life could not be saved.

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

He said there was evidence that, shortly beforehand, Nathan Killeen was in Roxboro Road Shopping Centre, where the deceased owned his arcade and his father, Stephen Collins, owned a pub. He said the court would hear evidence that in the aftermath of the killing, detectives spotted two youths who they believed were the accused men nearby. When the detectives called them, they took flight and one climbed over a wall. A house was then surrounded and Nathan Killeen was found in an attic and arrested.

However, Mr O’Higgins said that the “meat of the case” was to be found in the evidence of five witnesses who were associates of the accused men. These were siblings Gareth Collins aka Keogh, Lisa Collins and April Collins, along with Christopher McCarthy and Anthony McCarthy, who were cousins of the Dundons.

Mr O’Higgins outlined how the five witnesses were connected to the accused and said that some of the associations could be described as criminal. He said that Gareth Collins Keogh would give evidence that in March 2009, Nathan Killeen offered him money to drive a car.

Keogh would say that he turned down the offer when Killeen mentioned “the pub up the road”. Keogh would say that Killeen then put him on the phone to Wayne Dundon, who offered him €20,000 and drugs to drive the car. Keogh again refused. The witness would say that Killeen explained that they were planning to “whack” Stephen Collins, that the firearm was already in position and that they were waiting for a car.

Keogh would testify that Killeen later told him that a black, top-of-the-range Mercedes had been prepared. He would testify that, on the morning of the murder, Killeen and James Dillon arrived at his door and that it was indicated that the murder was about to happen. However, he again said no and Killeen roared that everything was sorted.