Witness feared being beaten by ex’s brother

A woman has told the Special Criminal Court she could not tell her ex-boyfriend about threats made against her life for fear of being beaten up by his brother.

Key prosecution witness April Collins, aged 24, was in her second day of cross-examination in the trial of brothers Wayne Dundon, aged 33, and John Dundon, aged 29.

Wayne Dundon, of Lenihan Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston, has pleaded not guilty to five counts relating to threatening to kill Alice Collins and her children Gareth, Jimmy and April, as well as two counts of obstructing the course of justice at addresses in Limerick City between Sept 2010 and Mar 2011.

John Dundon, with an address at Hyde Road, Limerick, has pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill April Collins and making a threat to April to kill her mother. Alice Collins, on Hyde Road on the weekend of Apr 3 and 4, 2011.

The court heard April Collins was in a relationship with Gerard Dundon, a brother of the accused men, for eight years and had three children by him.

April Collins agreed with Padraig Dwyer SC, for Wayne Dundon, that in a statement made to gardaí on Apr 8, 2011, she said she overheard Wayne Dundon making a threat to her mother Alice Collins in the aftermath of an attack on her family home on Hyde Road on the evening of Sept 30, 2010.

She said she heard Wayne Dundon threaten her mother that John Dundon would give “some fool” €10,000 to kill Jimmy Collins, before turning to her and adding: “You know quite well what we’re capable of, so don’t go down this road with us.”

In her direct evidence, Alice Collins told the court Wayne Dundon made threats against her and her children’s lives later on Sept 30.

Asked why she never complained to her ex-partner Ger Dundon about Wayne Dundon making threats against her mother, Ms Collins replied: “No, that’s his brother at the end of the day, if I told him what Wayne said he would have told Wayne and Wayne would have come over to my house and beat me up.”

Under cross-examination by Brian McCartney SC, for John Dundon, Ms Collins said she could not remember if she told Ger Dundon to have a “look at his family” and that a Dundon “wouldn’t have a leg to stand on in court”.

The trial continues.


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