‘Scumbags and lowlife’ - what key witness April Collins said about Dundon brothers

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

THE Special Criminal Court was told this Wednesday that April Collins described brothers John and Wayne Dundon as “a shower of scumbags” and “lowlife bastards” during a phone call with her former partner, Ger Dundon.

THE Special Criminal Court was told this Wednesday that April Collins described brothers John and Wayne Dundon as “a shower of scumbags” and “lowlife bastards” during a phone call with her former partner, Ger Dundon.

During her second day of evidence in the trial of John and Wayne Dundon, Brian McCartney QC, representing John Dundon, put it to Ms Collins that her comments suggested there “wasn’t any lurking fear” in the wake of the alleged threats against her and her family.

April Collins said she couldn’t remember making the specific comments and she told the court that she and Ger had “a lot of arguments” on the phone while he was in prison.

Earlier in the day, the non-jury court ruled that the contents of more than 100 other phone calls between April Collins and Ger Dundon were inadmissible and could not be put to the witness.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, said audio of one conversation which was played to the court the previous day had been “grossly intrusive” on Ms Collins’ private life and that of Ger Dundon.

He said the court had directed that the tapes of the phone calls be handed over by the prison authorities on the basis of arguments relating to alleged comments made by Ms Collins that turned out to be false.

Wayne Dundon, 33, of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect and John Dundon, 30, of Hyde Avenue, Prospect have pleaded not guilty to making threats against April Collins, her mother and two of her brothers on dates in September 2010 and March 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”.

The court heard details today of statements made by John Dundon to Gardai following his arrest. The trial is expected to conclude tomorrow.