Alleged dissident gunman enjoys sun holiday with Alan Ryan's ex ahead of murder trial

Dean Evans enjoys the sun in Marbella
Dean Evans enjoys the sun in Marbella

THIS is how an alleged dissident gunman gets to spend his summer – despite the fact he is facing a murder charge.

Dean Evans (27), can be seen lapping up the sun in Marbella, in Spain, after being granted permission to travel abroad by the Special Criminal Court earlier this month.

Evans was allowed leave the country ahead of his trial for the murder of dissident Peter Butterly – after the court ignored the objections of the Gardaí. 

Pumped-up Evans has been joined at the resort in Puerto Banus by the former partner of murdered Real IRA chief Alan Ryan. 

Pretty blonde Stacey Roche previously hit the headlines after she appeared in full-blown paramilitary style gear at a memorial march for her murdered boyfriend Ryan.

At the time of his death, Stacey, from Crumlin in south Dublin, was regarded as the womanising terror chief’s ‘main girlfriend’.

But now, the Sunday World can reveal Stacey is in a long-term relationship with Ryan’s close pal Evans. These exclusive photographs show the pair enjoying a night out in the Gran Hotel Guadalpin last week.

A source said the loved-up couple travelled to Spain with a number of family members for the holiday.

“After Alan Ryan was murdered, Stacey moved in with the Ryan family, but she is gone from there now and she is with Evans. They are together for over a year,” the source said.

Roche is a known supporter of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement. Her links to Ryan brought her to the attention of both Gardaí and drug gangs. In 2013, she was formally warned that her life was in danger by Gardaí.

Dean Evans and Stacey Roche 

Stacey’s involvement with Ryan also saw her arrested as part of a murder investigation. In September, 2010, she was picked up with Ryan by detectives hours after the murder of gangland criminal Sean Winters.

Roche was not suspected of direct involvement in the murder and was arrested by gardaí who were looking to see if she had information about the shooting. She never faced any criminal charges in connection with the incident.

Evans was a close pal of Ryan and was regularly seen in his company before he was murdered.

The 27-year-old, from Grange Park Rise in Raheny, has been charged with two others for the 2013 murder of Butterly (35), who was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn pub in Gormanston, Co. Meath, on March 6, 2013.

Last January, a 55-day long trial of Evans and his co-accused collapsed after a failure in evidence disclosure.

The court delivered its ruling after the disclosure of previously privileged material contained in a statement given in July 2013 by witness David Cullen to gardaí.

Cullen (30), was allegedly part of the murder plan, but turned State’s witness against his former co-accused Evans, as well as Edward McGrath (33), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, and Sharif Kelly (44), of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan. They had pleaded not guilty to murdering Butterly.

A retrial was ordered for January 2017, and Mr Justice Michael Moriarty said “justice demands” that bail be granted to Evans until then.