Court hears Dundon ordered murder from prison cell

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Linkedin Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp NewsBreaking newsCrime & CourtCourt hears Dundon ordered murder from prison cellBy Staff Reporter – May 12, 2014 1178 Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Previous articleBull ring at the Big TopNext article#Video Donald Trump arrives in Shannon Airport Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Print Andrew Carey at Special Criminal CourtSign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up [email protected] MURDER trial has heard that a former McCarthy Dundon gang member was asked to be a getaway driver for a man who would “whack” Limerick businessman Steve Collins at his pub in the city over five years ago.31 year old Gareth Keogh Collins told the court that he was approached by one of the accused men, 24-year-old Nathan Killeen and asked if he was interested in driving a car and he would get paid €20,000. In his evidence at the special criminal court this Monday, Gareth Collins said that he was handed a phone by Killeen and Wayne Dundon was on the line enquiring how he was and if he was working. Collins said that he was asked to drive Nathan up the road to the steering wheel pub and Nathan would go in and “whack Steve the father”, then he would drive Nathan back. It would be a “two minute job”, he was told. The three judge non jury court heard that the 31-year-old, who has 12 months of a seven and half year prison sentence left to serve, told Dundon that he didn’t want to have anything to do with it. Dundon, Collins said, snapped in his prison cell at Wheatfields where he was on the mobile phone, and threatened him to do the job. Collins said he didn’t want to have anything to do with it and have back the phone to Killeen. In his continued evidence, Gareth Collins said how he first met Wayne Dundon in Cork Prison when the two were sharing a double cell together. Collins was serving a five years sentence for possession of a gun and Dundon on remand for threatening to kill members of Steve Collins’ family. The 31-year-old said that on the day Dundon was sentenced to ten years for the threats, the feared gangland figure cried in his cell as he spoke to his wife Ann Casey on the phone. Collins said that Dundon said he vowed to his wife that he wouldn’t let Steve Collins and his family get away with this. Michael O’Higgins SC for the State said that this went to the “motive of Wayne Dundon”. Gareth Collins, in his evidence, gave further details of conversations with the accused men in the lead up to the murder and as to sightings of Nathan Killeen and James Dillon in the immediate aftermath. Remy Farrell SC and counsel for Wayne Dundon spent the remainder of this Monday afternoon dissecting and attempting to discredit the evidence of Collins whom he said was lying. Earlier, Steve Collins gave evidence of finding his son bent over on his hands and knees after being shot. He told the court that his son remained conscious but was in severe pain and found it hard to breath. Roy Collins said he didn’t know who shot him. Gardai and emergency medical staff also gave evidence of finding and treating Roy Collins before he lost consciousness and died later in hospital. The case continues before the three female judges with Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley presiding. Full coverage of the trial in this week’s Limerick Post. No vaccines in Limerick yet Facebook Email First Irish death from Coronavirus Advertisement TAGSfeaturedmurdersteve collinsWayne Dundon last_img read more

New maneuver battalion in Panay to add zeal in fight vs insurgency

first_imgHe encouraged the troops to give theirbest during the said training as they are expected to enhance their operationalcapability and conduct CSP in the grassroots communities. Lieutenant Colonel Sisenando Magbalot, aformer commander of the 61st IB, will lead the 12IB, Pancito said. “One of the constraints that we cannotsolve, the Panay part is we really lack the strength, the operations to do so,”he said. Major General Eric Vinoya, commander ofthe Army’s 3ID, said the 12IB is expected to be at the top shape after thetraining. The training of the 12IB, composed of 19officers and 482 enlisted personnel, has formally started on Monday. Panay Island and the island province ofGuimaras are covered by only one maneuver battalion which is the 61st InfantryBattalion (61IB) with its headquarters in Miagao town, Iloilo. The 61st IB iscomposed of almost 500 troops. “We have seen the lack of troops here inPanay. We have a deadline to beat (to end insurgency) that is supposed tohappen this year. If not, hopefully at the end of the term of the President,”Pancito said. The 12IB will have six weeks of trainingat the Battalion Retraining Facilities (BRF) in Camp Peralta, Jamindan, Capiz. ILOILO City – The Philippine Army in Panay Island will soon have freshlegs to step up its fight against insurgency as the 501-strong 12th InfantryBattalion (12IB) undergoes organizational and Community Support Program (CSP)training. In the meantime, the 12IB will be facedwith “low equipment readiness” as the process of converting them into amaneuver battalion is quite similar to creating a new infantry battalion. Captain Cenon Pancito III, thespokesperson of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, said in an interview Thursdaythat the 12IB troopers are seen to boost the fight against the Communist Partyof the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) in Panay Island. The 12IB used to be a “cadre” battalion,or the one handling administrative requirements of the Citizen Armed ForceGeographical Unit. “Give your best shot during the trainingfor you are doing this to prepare yourselves and your unit in performing andbringing your mandate to the next level. This time, you will not only serve theVisayans but will fulfill their fervent desire for an insurgency-freecommunity,” Vinoya said. (With a report from PNA/PN) Pancito said they will be converted tomaneuver battalion that will now include foot soldiers. “Your equipment also came from otherexisting battalions; this is why you can expect low equipment readiness for themeantime. But the point is, you can look at this as a problem, a challenge, oran opportunity,” Vinoya said, adding that the 12IB can be creative and get awayfrom established norms that have been leading the army to mediocrity. The troops will dedicate four weeks foroperational training and two weeks of Community Support Program (CSP) training. Major General Eric Vinoya (right), commander of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, rallies the troops of the 12th Infantry Battalion (12IB) during the start of their organizational training on Feb. 3. The 12IB will be converted to a maneuver battalion, which will provide Panay Island with more foot soldiers to fight insurgency. 3ID PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICElast_img read more