A RESPECTED businessman was gunned down yesterday in another twisted Limerick gang related murder.
Gardaí suspect Roy Collins, a 35-year-old father of two, was killed because his cousin had given evidence which helped send a notorious criminal to jail.
The latest victim died following the attack in his father’s Coincastle amusement arcade, where he worked, in Roxboro shopping centre, near the city centre. The scene is close to the Roxboro Road Garda Station.
Two men, one a teenager and the other in his early 20s, were arrested a short time later in Ballinacurra and a black Mercedes believed to have been used in the shooting was found partially burned out in Rosbrien.
One of those in custody is understood to be a member of the McCarthy Dundon gang who fled Limerick after the murder of Shane Geoghegan last November. He had returned to the city just recently.
Limerick mayor John Gilligan condemned the murder and said: “These people have stepped outside the bounds of humanity behaving like wild animals, killing anyone who gets in their way. They will have to be removed from society.”
The son of Limerick publican and businessman Stephen Collins, the victim is thought to have been the target of a revenge killing because his cousin, Ryan Lee, was a witness in a case brought against Wayne Dundon.
Dundon, a leading figure in the McCarthy Dundon gang, was jailed for 10 years at Limerick Circuit Court in May 2005 for threatening to kill Mr Lee after he refused entry to a 14-year-old girl in the pub where he worked.
Roy Collins lived in Killaloe and his former partner Sarah Sulliman had two daughters Shannon, 12, and Charlie, 8, who live in Limerick city.
Within an hour of the murder, armed gardaí swooped on the nearby Ballinacurra area of the city and arrested the two suspects. They are being questioned at Roxboro Road and Henry Street garda stations under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Gardaí were unable to say how many people were in the amusement arcade but there were a number of customers in the adjacent Steering Wheel pub.
Fine Gael councillor Ger Fahy said the community was shocked. “It is just devastating for the area because at 12 midday, it’s a very busy shopping centre. It’s also very traumatic for the families that were going around doing their daily business.”
Superintendent Ann Marie McMahon said: “We have made significant progress even at this stage. Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have information to offer are asked to contact gardaí at Roxboro Road.”
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