April Collins expected to give evidence at Dundon trial this week

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

APRIL Collins is expected to give evidence at the Special Criminal Court this week in the trial of brothers Wayne and John Dundon who are accused of making threats against her and three members of her family.

APRIL Collins is expected to give evidence at the Special Criminal Court this week in the trial of brothers Wayne and John Dundon who are accused of making threats against her and three members of her family.

Wayne Dundon, 33, of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect has pleaded not guilty to a total of five charges, while John Dundon, 30, of Hyde Avenue, Ballinacurra Weston denies two charges.

All of the offences are alleged to have happened in the Ballinacurra Weston area of the city on dates between September 2010 and April 2011.

Wayne Dundon also denies intimidating April Collins and her mother, Alice Collins on September 30, 2010 “with the intention of interfering with or obstructing justice”.

In her evidence last week, Alice Collins, 48, told the court that when Wayne Dundon came to her home on September 30, 2010 he threatened to personally kill her son.

She said her son, 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.

She told the non-jury court that following that incident Wayne walked into her front room and asked if she had reported the incident to gardai: She claimed he told her. “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.”

Just before leaving her home, Alice Collins said Wayne turned to her and said: “You’re digging your own grave, it is very easy to make people disappear”.

She claimed that Wayne put the “fear of God” into her and she noted the incident on an envelope.

In her evidence, Alice Collins admitted that her daughter, April was previously going out with Ger Dundon who is a brother of the two defendants.

The couple have three children together but April Collins is now going out with Thomas O’Neill who is one of five men convicted in relation to the gang rape of a women in Cratloe in 2004.Under cross examination, Alice Collins said she did not make a statement to gardai about the alleged threats until April 2011 as she hoped it would all have gone away.

“You don’t go the garda station, make a statement on him (Wayne) and survive it. If the court convicts, I might stay alive a bit longer,” she said.

When arrested by investigating gardai, Wayne Dundon told officers that statements had been made against him as April Collins was now in a relationship with Thomas O’Neill.

He said she had panicked because she was afraid that they (members of the Dundon family) would take her and Ger Dundon’s three children from her. “Thomas O’Neill is a rapist. No judge would leave the kids with him,” he told detectives during questioning.

The three judges have been shown video recordings of garda interviews with Wayne Dundon following his arrest. During one interview he insisted he was at the Mid Western Maternity Hospital on March 25, 2011 when he is alleged to have threatened Alice Collins and her daughter, April.

The trial resumes tomorrow Tuesday when April Collins is expected to give evidence.

There was tight security around the courtroom during the opening days of the trial with over two dozen gardai from Limerick travelling to Dublin for the trial.