John and Wayne Dundon to be sentenced later today

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Brothers John and Wayne Dundon are due to be sentenced later today after they were convicted last month of making threats against four members of the same family on dates in 2010 and 2011.

Brothers John and Wayne Dundon are due to be sentenced later today after they were convicted last month of making threats against four members of the same family on dates in 2010 and 2011.

Following a three week trial, the non-jury Special Criminal Court found John Dundon, 30, of Hyde Avenue, Prospect guilty of threatening to kill April Collins at her home on April 3, 2011.

During the trial Ms Collins, who is the former partner of another brother, Ger Dundon, gave evidence that John Dundon had called to her front door at around 10pm and that he had threatened to kill her if she did not allow him to see her three children

She said she did not open the door to him but that she believed he would carry out the threat.

John Dundon was found not guilty of making a threat against April’s mother, Alice, a number of hours later.

It was claimed he told April Collins, while standing on the roof of her garden shed that he was looking “for a good place” to bury her mother but the three judges found the words did not constitute a direct threat.

Wayne Dundon, 33, of Linehan Avenue, Prospect, was convicted of a total of four charges.

He was found guilty of making threats against Gareth Collins and Jimmy Collins Junior on September 30, 2010 and of intimidating April Collins and her mother, Alice Collins, on the same date “with the intention of interfering with or obstructing justice”.

In her evidence, Alice Collins, 48, said when Wayne Dundon came to her home on September 30, 2010 he threatened to personally kill her son, Gareth.

She said Gareth, and another man had a fight at Limerick Prison that day and that afterwards her car was attacked by a number of women including John Dundon’s wife.

Sometime later, Wayne walked into her front room and asked if she had reported the incident to gardai saying, “John will hunt people down if his wife goes to jail.”

Alice Collins said Wayne also told her that John Dundon would give €10,000 to “some fool” to shoot her son, Jimmy and that he also made threats against her son Gareth.

“He will look in my face and it will be the last face he will see. I am going to kill him myself.”

Wayne Dundon was acquitted of making threats against April Collins, Alice Collins and Gareth Collins on March 25, 2011.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, said elements of April Collins’ evidence during the trial could be construed as demonstrating a lack of fear of the threats and he said this was “sufficient to cast a doubt” over the allegations.

Both John and Wayne Dundon been custody since the verdict was delivered on March 16, last.

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