A FAMILY forced to flee Limerick due to the reign of terror inflicted by a criminal gang, culminating in the murder of Roy Collins, would love to return to the city and one day rebuild their shattered lives here.
An emotional Steve Collins was speaking outside the courthouse at Merchant’s Quay in Limerick this Wednesday afternoon, following the inquest into his son Roy’s death, five years after his life was taken.
The court heard that Roy, a 34 year-old father of two who was engaged, died as a result of a single gunshot wound, in the premises next door to his father’s pub in Roxboro on April 9, 2009.
The murder, which has now led to the life imprisonment of three men, was a reprisal against the Collins family for standing up against the Dundon gang in an earlier court case.
In March 2012, Steve Collins and his family entered the state’s witness relocation programme and have since been living in an unspecified location.
However, inspite of the heartache they endured in Limerick for a decade, Steve said they would love to return home.
Asked if he could ever feel safe in Limerick again, he said: “I think we will. A lot of these gangsters have been put away and things have changed now. What they did to me was that they stepped over the line. You don’t do that - not to innocent people. Now that they’re locked away and locked up I’d feel a bit safer now.”
But he said any decision to come back to Limerick is currently out of his hands, and is “up to the gardai and my security people”.
“I’m looking forward to someday them telling me that. I’d love to come back to Limerick. Again, it’s something I have to be guided by - by the people that know best.”
State pathologist, Professor Marie Cassidy, who carried out the post-mortem examination, said the only significant injury to Roy’s body was a gunshot wound to his trunk, which damaged his liver and aorta.
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