TWO Limerick men have appeared before the Special Criminal Court charged with murdering businessman Roy Collins almost four years ago.
Wayne Dundon,aged 34, of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect and Nathan Killeen, aged 22, of Hyde Road, Ballinacurra Weston were each charged with murdering the 35-year-old father of two at the Roxboro Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.
Det Garda Paul Crowley, Roxboro Road, said he formally charged Dundon when he met him at the Courts of Criminal Justice in Dublin this morning.
His colleague, Det Garda Brian O’Connor gave evidence of formally charging Killeen and the court was told neither of the defendants made any reply to the charges..
State solicitor, Michael O’Donovan, told the non-jury court the Director of Public Prosecutions had signed a certificate on January 13, last stating that the ordinary courts were inadequate to deal with the administration of justice in the case and that each man should be charged before the Special Criminal Court.
Shane O’Callaghan BL, defending, sought a court order to restrict media reporting of the proceedings. Making the application, he specifically referred to comments made in the Dail yesterday, which received some media coverage before this morning’s hearing.
While making no formal order restricting media coverage, Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, said such comment on the case should be discouraged.
The case was adjourned for mention on April 23, next, when the book of evidence is expected to be completed.