Saturday 24 March 2018

Dundon's ex told him family were 'low lifes'

CONVICTED criminal Ger Dundon has been called to appear before the trial of his two brothers who are charged with threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend.

APRIL COLLINS (24) -- the former partner of Ger Dundon -- told the Special Criminal Court she and her family were going to be killed after they were threatened by Wayne (33) and John Dundon (30) in Limerick city.

The Dundon brothers have denied charges of threatening to kill or cause serious harm to four members of the Collins family on dates between September 2010 and April 2011.

Mr Justice Paul Butler ruled yesterday that 113 recorded prison phone calls between Ger Dundon and Ms Collins -- which had been released to the defence as part of an earlier application -- could not be played in evidence unless it referred directly to the application made.

The presiding judge said a previously played tape to the court had been grossly intrusive on Ms Collins' private life and Ger Dundon.

"You can call Mr (Ger) Dundon who was part of those conversations," Mr Justice Butler said to barristers for the Dundon brothers.

Padraig Dwyer, for Wayne Dundon, applied for a production order from Portlaoise prison to bring Ger Dundon before the court today.

A transcript of a taped phone conversation between Ms Collins and her former boyfriend after he was jailed in 2010 was read by Brian McCartney for John Dundon.

The court heard that April called him "a f***ing scumbag" and ordered him not to ring her any more.

In another prison recorded call, Ms Collins said, "They (the Dundons) are the biggest shower of scumbags that I have ever met in my life" and also referred to them as "low-life b*****ds."

Giving testimony for a second day yesterday, Ms Collins told the court on five separate occasions that she believed she and her family would be killed by the Dundons.


"These men threatened my family. They are going to have us killed. We are going to be killed," she told the court. She said the threats were so serious she could not forget them.

In cross examination, Ms Collins said she and her mother had no choice but to go the gardai after they were allegedly threatened by the Dundon brothers.

"I know what these people are capable of," Ms Collins said.

She said on September 30, 2010, Wayne spoke to her after her mother's jeep was attacked by four women including John Dundon's girlfriend, Ciara Killeen.

Ms Collins told the court that Wayne said, "You know quite well what we are capable of so don't go down this road."

She said she moved in with convicted rapist, Thomas O'Neill in Murroe, Co Limerick two or three weeks after beginning a relationship with him last March.

The trial continues.


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