Life Sentence for Roy Collins Murderer

The father of murder victim Roy Collins said he hopes other people will be convicted for their role in his son’s killing, minutes after a 24-year-old man received a mandatory life sentence for the murder at the Central Criminal Court in Dublin.

Steve Collins took to the stand to deliver a victim impact statement and described how evil came into their lives the day his son was shot dead “in a callous act, a cowardly act, an unforgiveable act, a total waste of a good life”.

During the sentencing hearing, the court heard how James Dillon from the southside of Limerick city admitted, “I shot Roy Collins”, after he was visited by his grandfather while he was being detained at Henry Street Garda Station.

Roy Collins, a 35-year-old father-of-two was shot at the Coin Castle Amusement Arcade at Roxboro Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009. His injuries proved fatal.

Mr Justice Paul Carney imposed a mandatory life sentence on the gunman, Mr Dillon, who pleaded guilty to murder yesterday before a jury was sworn in for trial.

Speaking outside the Criminal Courts of Justice, Steve Collins said “I know there’s a group of other people involved in this murder.

I’d like to think that if the evidence was gathered and if somebody else came forward with some more information that they would be brought to justice.

“We’re dealing with terrible people here, and people that shouldn’t be on the streets. They are a menace to society and they will have to be taken away.”

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