Evil Dundon put €500k hit on Collins' family
CONVICTED murderer and gang leader Wayne Dundon offered to pay out €500,000 to anyone who would shoot dead a member of Roy Collins' family before his trial.
The Herald can today reveal that the contract was put out a year before the Special Criminal Court trial began.
Roy Collins - a father of two children - was shot dead in his amusement arcade in Limerick in 2009 on the orders of Wayne Dundon after the criminal was jailed for seven years for threatening to kill another member of the Collins family - Ryan Lee.
The dead man's family received round the clock garda protection but subsequently moved abroad amid fears for their safety in Limerick.
Steve Collins - father of Roy - said the Dundon gang "destroyed our family".
Mr Collins said he was hopeful that his family could return to live in Ireland. It can today be revealed that last year, Dundon initially put out a €200,000 cash reward for anyone who would attack the Collins family and kill a family member before the non-jury trial took place.
His cousin, Stephen 'Dougie' Moran was financing the vast majority of the murder contract.
Moran, a bodyguard for drug dealer John Gilligan, is a distant cousin to the Dundon brothers and was shot dead at his Lucan home last March.
When the initial €200k offer was put up, contacts were put out to criminal gangs nationwide but none took interest in Dundon's chilling proposal.
Subsequently, Dundon (36) increased the contract to €500k after consultations with Moran.
Dissident republicans were even approached to shoot a member of the Collins family dead but rejected the proposal. Most in the criminal fraternity feared the fallout and focus that such a gun attack would pose to their underworld dealings.
This is not the first time that the Dundon gang have attempted to offer cash for sinister purposes ahead of major criminal trials.
Last year, the Dundon gang offered Limerick criminal John McNamara €100,000 to testify on behalf of convicted killer John Dundon before Dundon was found guilty of Shane Geoghegan's murder.
McNamara was the intended target of John Dundon when the innocent Garryowen rugby player was murdered in November 2008 - six months before Roy Collins was shot dead.
Wayne Dundon's cash-for-killing offer lost weight after Moran was shot dead.
Wayne Dundon is the head of the Dundon gang and his conviction means three brothers - Wayne, John and Dessie are all serving life in prison for murder. Another brother, Ger Dundon was released from prison on January 18. Ger has returned to Limerick occasionally but is primarily based in London.
Wayne, John and Dessie Dundon and Nathan Killeen were last night locked up in Portlaoise Prison.
Ms Justice Iseult O'Malley spent over two hours yesterday reading out the judgement from three jury court. The State successfully contended that Wayne Dundon directed Roy Collin's murder from prison while Nathan Killeen was the getaway driver and another man, James Dillon, was the gunman.
In 2005, Dundon was convicted of threatening to kill Steve Collin's adopted son, Ryan Lee, at Brannigan's bar in Limerick city in December 2004 after Lee refused to allow his underage teenage sister, Annabel into the pub. On the morning of Roy Collin's murder - April 9, 2009 - Dundon's first cousin, Anthony 'Noddy' McCarthy was incarcerated with Wayne in Wheatfield prison.
McCarthy heard Wayne screaming down a mobile phone. Wayne told him he ordered James Dillon to kill Roy Collins. Ms Justice O'Malley said that each of the civilian prosecution witnesses has "significant credibility issues" but that "it accepts the truth of Anthony McCarthy's evidence".
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