Limerick men due in court over Roy Collins murder

David Hurley

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David Hurley

TWO Limerick are expected to be charged with murdering Roy Collins when they appear before the Special Criminal Court in Dublin later today.

TWO Limerick are expected to be charged with murdering Roy Collins when they appear before the Special Criminal Court in Dublin later today.

Mr Collins, aged 34, was shot dead in April 2009 outside his family’s Arcade business at the Roxboro Shopping Centre.

At the time, his murder was described by government ministers as a “direct attack” on the criminal justice system, as Mr Collins was targeted because a member of his family had testified in court against a senior figure of a Limerick-based criminal gang.

In May 2010, James Dillon, 26, was jailed for life after he admitted shooting Mr Collins.

Despite the conviction, the garda investigation has continued and in July of last year, a loaded semi-automatic Glock pistol believed to have been the murder weapon, was found near the railway tracks in Rosbrien close to where the Mercedes car used by Mr Collins’s killers was found abandoned.

Speaking in the Dail yesterday, Deputy Willie O’Dea praised the gardai for their continuing efforts to secure justice for the Collins family, who were forced to move abroad last year.

“I take the opportunity to congratulate the gardai in Limerick on the tenacity with which it is still pursuing the murder of Roy Collins, who was murdered in a particularly callous and brutal manner four years ago,” said Deputy O’Dea during the order of business.

Earlier this week, gardai investigating the murder of Roy Collins made an application at the Special Criminal Court to have two Limerick men produced before the court non-jury court this morning.

One of the men, aged in his 30s, is suspected of ordering Mr Collins’ murder while the second man, who is in his 20s, is believed to have travelled in the car with the gunman James Dillon.

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