A leader of the notorious McCarthy-Dundon crime gang has been charged with the murder of Roy Collins.
Wayne Dundon and associate Nathan Killeen were brought before the non-jury Special Criminal Court, where they were charged with killing the 34-year-old, whose family have been relocated overseas under witness protection.
Mr Collins was shot dead in April 2009 outside his family’s pub and arcade business at the Roxboro shopping centre in Limerick.
Dundon, 34, and Killeen, 22, stood in court as they were charged separately before the three-judge court.
The court heard the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) certify that both should be charged in the non-jury court.
In May 2010, James Dillon, originally from the southside of Limerick, was jailed for life for murdering Mr Collins.
No pleas have been entered by Dundon or Killeen.
Security was tight as Dundon, of Lenihan Avenue, and Killeen, of Hyde Road, both in Prospect, Limerick, were taken to the Dublin courthouse under armed guard.
Both are in jail serving sentences for other offences and were remanded in custody until April 23, when the case will be mentioned again.
Both plan to apply for legal aid, the court was told.
Michael O’Donovan, prosecuting lawyer, said both men were charged with the April 9 2009 murder in the courts complex before the brief hearing.
Dundon was charged by Garda Paul Crowley and Killeen by Detective Garda Brian O’Connor.
Both gardaí are based at Roxboro Garda Station in Limerick and pointed out each of the defendants – who were both clean-shaven and wearing tracksuits – in the courtroom.
Shane O’Callaghan, senior counsel for Dundon, told Judge Paul Butler, presiding, that his client was concerned about media reports in recent days, including a public representative on local radio who reportedly congratulated gardaí for bringing his client to court.
He said that, while he was not asking for a blackout, he requested the court to ask the media to refrain from such prejudicial statements.
Refusing to make a formal direction, Judge Butler said it was fortunate there was no jury involved, but told the barrister to bring any concerns in the future to the court’s notice.
“Clearly there shouldn’t be comment on matters of an upcoming trial or case,” he added.