Breakthrough in Collins murder probe

A MAJOR breakthrough in the Roy Collins murder investigation has given gardaí information connecting two men currently under arrest to the brutal killing of the businessman, a senior garda revealed yesterday.

Chief Supt John Kerin told a special sitting of Limerick District Court that a significant development copper-fastened his belief that the two being held can be linked to the murder.

Gardaí were granted an order by Judge Aeneas McCarthy to detain the men, aged 19 and 23, for a further 48 hours.

Chief Supt Kerin said he did not believe it would be in the interest of the investigation to reveal what the development was. They were dealing with “one of the most violent and organised criminal gangs in this country”, he said.

Peter Madden, solicitor for the 19-year-old, asked Judge McCarthy that this gang allegation should not be published by the media, and claimed referring to the McCarthy-Dundon gang was prejudicial to a fair trial. Judge McCarthy said it was a democratic society and he had no authority to gag the press, nor did he wish to do so.

The two men were arrested a short time after the murder last Thursday in a house in Ballinacurra Weston. One was found in the attic and the other was hiding under a bed.

A woman in her 20s with connections to the McCarthy-Dundon gang and the house was arrested yesterday and is being detained at Mayorstone Garda Station under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. It is understood she is being held for withholding information.

Chief Supt Kerin said the State Forensic Laboratory was working around the clock to process items sent for analysis.

A major search continued between Roxboro and Ballyclough where the stolen getaway car, a black Mercedes, was found partially burned out soon after the murder. Garda divers carried out searches of The Creek at Ballinacurra.

The gun used in the murder may have been thrown from the car after it left the scene at Roxboro Shopping Centre.


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