Witness is snaky and crooked, court hears

A convicted Limerick criminal who is giving evidence at the trial of two men charged with the murder of businessman Roy Collins was described as a "crooked, snaky c**t" by his sister’s partner, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Witness is snaky and crooked, court hears

Gareth Collins, aged 31, had told the non-jury court he was offered €20,000 to take part in the killing of publican Steve Collins, the father of murdered Limerick businessman Roy Collins.

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

Under cross-examination yesterday by Remy Farrell, for Dundon, Gareth Collins agreed that he remembered talking to gardaí on April 9, 2009, when they called to his house between 12.40pm and 12.50pm.

He agreed that when he was asked to give an account of his whereabouts and movements, he gave gardaí an incorrect account as he was in fear of people and what they had asked him to do, and also what might happen to him and his family if he told the gardaí what was going on.

Asked by Mr Farrell if he had received any promises from gardaí as to “what they might be able to do” for him if he co-operated with the probe, Gareth Collins said he was only offered protection for his family.

He denied he had ever asked for time off his sentence and said he was never aware that Anthony McCarthy, Christopher McCarthy, or April Collins intended to make statements in relation to the case.

Mr Collins said there was no discussion about money being handed over and denied he ever tried to “shake anyone down” or extort money by telling them he was going to make a statement against them.

However, he told Mr Farrell he was owed “a few pound” by Christopher McCarthy.

Mr Collins told Mr Farrell that Mr McCarthy had been going out with his sister a long time and was an old friend whom he trusted.

Asked by Mr Farrell if it surprised him to hear Mr McCarthy described him as a “crooked, snaky c**t”, Mr Collins replied that people had their own opinions. However, the witness agreed that it seemed a bit unfair.

Gareth Collins previously told the court he is serving a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence imposed by the Special Criminal Court.

The case continues.

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