A GUN found on wasteland near the Young Munster RFC grounds at the weekend is being examined in Dublin and could yet form part of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Roy Collins in 2009, gardai have confirmed.
The discovery was made by a member of the public who was cleaning up an overgrown area by the railway tracks at Rosbrien.
The location is not far from where the getaway vehicle used in the crime was burned out. The handgun was found at around 11am on Saturday and gardai have sent the weapon to Garda headquarters for analysis.
“It is being examined by ballistics experts in Dublin for the moment and we will be looking at whether it is linked to various crimes in the Limerick area, that being one of them (the Roy Collins case),” said Inspector Brendan McDonagh, Roxboro Garda Station.
Insp McDonagh said the weapon appeared to have been lying on the waste ground “for some time”.
The brutal murder of Roy Collins at the family business in Roxboro in April 2009 was a crime that shocked the country and was described by ministers as a “direct attack” on the criminal justice system, having singled out a member of a family who had taken to the witness box to testify against serious criminals in Limerick.
The case led to new anti-gangland legislation which gave further powers to gardai and introduced new criminal offences surrounding gang membership.
James Dillon, a 26-year-old from the southside of Limerick, was jailed for life in 2010 for the murder of Roy Collins but the book is far from closed in the investigation as gardai target those they believe are responsible for planning the hit on the 34-year-old father-of-two who had no links to criminality.
Last November, nine people - including five inmates of four prisons around the country - were arrested as part of the ongoing criminal investigations into the murders of Roy Collins, Shane Geoghegan and James Cronin.