Murderer's girlfriend not guilty of witness imtimidation

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

THE girlfrend of convicted murderer Dessie Dundon has been acquitted of intimidating Alice and April Collins when they were potential witnesses in a case against his brothers John and Wayne Dundon.

THE girlfrend of convicted murderer Dessie Dundon has been acquitted of intimidating Alice and April Collins when they were potential witnesses in a case against his brothers John and Wayne Dundon.

Ciara Lynch, aged 21, of O'Malley Park, Southill had denied “threatening, menacing, intimidating or putting in fear” the mother and daughter during an incident on May 15, 2011.

It was the prosecution case that Ms Lynch issued verbal threats and made a gesture with her hand as she drove past the Collins' home at Hyde Avenue at around 1.40pm.

“She slowed down and started shouting ‘ye dirty rats, ye scum bags’. She put her hand out the window in the shape of a gun,” said Ms Collins, - the former girlfriend of criminal Ger Dundon - who told the court she was terrified and believed she was going to be shot.

During the three day trial, the jury was told that on April 8, 2011 Alice and April Collins made complaints to gardai about threats which had allegedly been against them by a "Mr A" and a "Mr B".

It can now be revealed that "Mr A" and "Mr B" are brothers John and Wayne Dundon who recieved lengthy prison sentences earlier this year after they were convicted of making the threats at the Special Criminal Court.

In her evidence, Ciara Lynch said the Collins family had made up a story to get her back after she previously made a complaint to gardai that April's girlfiend, convicted gang-rapist Thomas O'Neill, had followed her and pointed a gun at her.

Garda Niamh Briggs, Roxboro Road, confirmed that Ms Lynch had informed her of her concerns before the incident on May 15.

After the jury of six men and six women returned with their unanimous verdict, Ms Lynch said "thank you" before she hugged her lawyer, Shane O'Callaghan BL, and her supporters in the public gallery, which included Wayne Dundon's wife, Anne.

Speaking afterwards, Ms Lynch said that “it is ridiculous that the Collins family could set up innocent people and be believed”.

“I proved my innocence here today,” she added.