INVESTIGATIONS are underway after the mother of a Limerick man who has gone on trial for the murder of businessman Roy Collins died in the early hours of this morning.
The body of Susan Killeen, 55, was taken from the water at the canal at Locke Quay shortly after midnight. It is understood the alarm was raised a short time later after gardai were alerted to a woman in distress.
Gardaí, members of Limerick Marine Search and Rescue and Limerick City Fire and Rescue attended the scene.
However, efforts to resuscitate Ms Killeen were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead at University Hospital, Limerick.
Foul play is not suspected.
Ms Killeen’s son, Nathan, aged 34, of Hyde Road, Prospect went on trial this Thursday at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin, along with Wayne Dundon, aged 36, of Linehan Avenue, Prospect for the murder Roy Collins, 35, at the Coincastle Amusements Arcade, Roxboro on April 9, 2009.
It is alleged that Dundon organised the murder from his prison cell and that Killeen was the driver of the getaway car.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charge.