Cross-examination ends in Collins murder trial

The cross-examination of a convicted Limerick criminal who said he was offered €20,000 to take part in the killing of publican Steve Collins finished yesterday at the trial of two men charged with the murder of businessman Roy Collins.

The Special Criminal Court heard a second day of the cross-examination of Gareth Collins, aged 31, at the trial of Wayne Dundon, aged 36, of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, and Nathan Killeen, aged 24, of Hyde Rd, Prospect.

The men have pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.

In his direct evidence earlier in the week, Gareth Collins, also known as Gareth Keogh, told the non-jury court that he was offered €20,000 to take part in the killing of publican Steve Collins, the father of Roy Collins.

Mr Collins said on the day of the killing Nathan Killeen and James Dillon called to his sister’s house. He told Mr Killeen he was not getting involved.

He said that Mr Killeen got Wayne Dundon on his mobile phone and Mr Dundon said: “You just drop them up and drop them back down again.”

“He wanted me to drive Nathan up to the Steering Wheel pub. Nathan would go in the pub, whack Stevie Collins and would come back out,” he said.

On Tuesday Mr Collins agreed that when he was asked to give an account of his whereabouts and movements on April 9, he gave gardaí an incorrect account.

Mr Collins agreed with counsel for Mr Dundon, Remy Farrell SC, that in this account he told gardaí he spent the night before the shooting in Corbally with a woman.

Put to him by Mr Farrell that he had told the court on Tuesday he was “just spoofing” and “coming up with random nonsense” when giving the first account of his movements, Mr Collins said he could have picked it up from other people saying they were “here and there”.

The trial continues today.

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