A MAN serving a life sentence for murder has told the Special Criminal Court that his first cousin Wayne Dundon told him he ordered the killing of Limerick businessman Roy Collins.
Anthony “Noddy” McCarthy gave evidence in the trial of Wayne Dundon (36), of Lenihan Avenue, Prospect, and Nathan Killeen (24), of Hyde Road, Prospect, who have pleaded not guilty to the murder of 35-year-old Roy Collins at Coin Castle Amusements, Roxboro Road Shopping Centre, on April 9, 2009.
McCarthy (32), who is a first cousin of Wayne Dundon, is serving a life sentence for the murder of Kieran Keane in Limerick in January 2003. His brother Christopher McCarthy (31) gave evidence last week.
Anthony McCarthy told counsel for the prosecution, Mr Michael O’Higgins SC, that he knew the Dundons going back a long time.
McCarthy told Mr O’Higgins that he was in Wheatfield Prison from 2005 to 2010, where he would see Wayne Dundon and his brothers John Dundon and Dessie Dundon “all the time”.
McCarthy said that sometime after 9.30am on the day Roy Collins was murdered, he heard Wayne Dundon “roaring”.
He said he saw Wayne Dundon on a mobile phone screaming: “You’d better do this, you never do nothing for our family.”
McCarthy said he heard Wayne Dundon say: “If you don’t do it, then you and your mother are going to be sorry.”
He said after Wayne Dundon had hung up he asked him “what’s up”, to which the accused man told him he had “ordered James Dillon to go kill Roy Collins”.
McCarthy said he told Wayne Dundon that he should not talk to James Dillon like that as he was “only a young fella”, was his cousin and was not involved in violence.
He said he then heard Wayne Dundon say to his brother Dessie “that f**king muppet Gareth Collins wouldn’t drive the car neither”.
McCarthy said: “I was trying to figure out ways to stop it.”
He said he thought the best way to do this was to talk to Dessie Dundon and tell him there had been a big outcry over the murder of Shane Geoghegan and for “something like this” there was going to an even bigger outcry.
The witness said he later checked the “teletext” service and saw that a man had been shot in a pub in Limerick.
McCarthy said that sometime after 2pm on April 9 he met Wayne Dundon and told him he had seen from teletext that a man had gotten shot.
He told Mr O’Higgins that he asked Wayne Dundon if the man was shot in the leg, to which Wayne Dundon replied “he’s dead” and “I warned James Dillon to kill him”.
Asked by Mr O’Higgins who “him” referred to, Mr McCarthy replied “Roy Collins”.
The cross-examination of Anthony McCarthy by counsel for Wayne Dundon, Mr Remy Farrell SC, continues today at the trial before presiding judge Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley.