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Wayne Dundon and Nathan Killeen given mandatory life sentences

The Limerick businessman died after being shot in the chest.

After the murder, thousands of people took part in a protest rally in Limerick against gangland crime.
After the murder, thousands of people took part in a protest rally in Limerick against gangland crime.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Updated 22:50

THE NON-JURY SPECIAL Criminal Court has found two men guilty of the murder of a Limerick businessman.

35-year-old Roy Collins died after he was shot in the chest at the Coin Castle Amusements in Limerick in April 2009.

Two men from the city, 35-year-old Wayne Dundon of Lenihan Avenue and 23-year-old Nathan Killeen from Hyde Road pleaded not guilty to the murder, but were found guilty this afternoon.

The prosecution claimed that Dundon directed the murder while in prison, with Killeen the getaway driver. Another man, James Dillon, is accused of being the shooter.

Speaking after the trial, Roy Collins’ father Steve Collins said:

It is a horrible experience and nobody should have to go through this. We were ordinary people running a business and these people came into my life and destroyed it. Destroyed it, destroyed my family. I am glad it is over, I am glad justice has been served.

Speaking about his son, Collins said: “He was a wonderful man, a wonderful son. A son I am so proud of. And that is really all I can say about him. I loved him”.

RTE reported that both men have been given mandatory life sentences.

The prosecution told the court that Dundon was angered over a ten-year jail sentence given to him after the Collins family gave evidence against him.

Their  case was built on testimony from two cousins of Dundon and three associates. However, the defence argued that these are former gang associates and unreliable witnesses.

Originally published 12.07pm 

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