A mother-of-three has told the Special Criminal Court that 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), who between them have denied seven counts of making threats to kill and two counts of witness intimidation.
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 September 2010 and March 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 at an address on Hyde Road on the weekend of April 3rd and 4th 2011.
The court heard that 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 Mr Padraig Dwyer SC, for Wayne Dundon, that in a statement made to gardai on April 8th, 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 September 30th, 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 that Wayne Dundon made threats against her and her childrens’ lives at a later stage in the evening of September 30th.
Asked by Mr Dwyer as to 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.”
In response to a suggestion by Mr Dwyer that the allegations she was making were false and that there was bad blood between the Dundons and the Collins’, April Collins said: “I’m not telling lies, these men threatened me and I believe they are going to kill me and my family.”
Over the course of her cross-examination, Ms Collins told the court five times that she believed she and her family were going to be killed.
Under cross-examination by Mr Brian McCartney SC, for John Dundon, Ms Collins said she could not remember if she referred to the Dundons as a “shower of scumbags” during a telephone conversation with Ger Dundon and denied threatening them.
Ms Collins said she could not remember if she told Ger Dundon: “I have ran them scumbag lowlife bastards”.
Put to her that the expression “I have ran them” meant to run someone over, and that she had been accused of trying to run people over in the past, Ms Collins said that “every time” she met the accused men or their girlfriends they accused her of “saying things” to the point where she was frightened of even going to the shops.
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”, telling Mr Dwyer that she and Ger had many arguments over the telephone and said things to one another.
The non-jury court heard that an order had been made to Portlaoise to produce Gerard Dundon before the court at 10am tomorrow morning, where the trial will continue.