Anthony ‘Noddy’ McCarthy was yesterday cross-examined after giving evidence in the trial of Wayne Dundon, aged 36, of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, Limerick, and Nathan Killeen, aged 24, of Hyde Rd, Prospect, who have both pleaded not guilty to the murder of Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Rd Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.
McCarthy, aged 32, is serving life for the murder of Kieran Keane in January 2003. His brother, Christopher McCarthy, 31, gave evidence at the trial last week.
McCarthy told the court that, while they were in Wheatfield prison together, on the morning of Roy Collins’ murder, Mr Dundon, his first cousin, told him he had “ordered James Dillon to go kill Roy Collins”.
Under cross-examination by counsel for Dundon, Remy Farrell SC, McCarthy said it would not surprise him that other witnesses had said the target of the attack was Steve Collins, Roy Collins’ father.
Put to him that a previous witness, Gareth Collins, had told the court Mr Dundon tried to “strong-arm him” into taking part in shooting Steve Collins, and the prosecution case was that this was a plan to kill Steve Collins, yet McCarthy was aware Roy Collins was the target before it even happened, McCarthy insisted he had heard “Roy Collins”.
He told Mr Farrell this was not a mistake on his part and was not made up, adding: “If it was, we wouldn’t make these mistakes, would we?”
Mr Farrell put it to McCarthy he was in a “desperate situation in prison” who would “dangle titbits in front of the guards” and who only had his own interest in mind.
McCarthy replied that it was “not only ridiculous, it’s very insulting” to suggest he would put his life and the lives of his family in danger to “make it look good” for his prison programme.
When asked by counsel for the prosecution, Michael O’Higgins SC, if he had got anything in return for his statement, McCarthy said: “Yeah, a world of misery.”
Asked if there had been any improvement in his circumstances in prison, McCarthy replied: “No, everything has got worse for me and it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better.”
The trial continues.