Hutch may face non-jury trial as other man released from custody

Patrick Hutch
Patrick Hutch

PATRICK Hutch Jnr, who has been charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, could face a non-jury trial in the Special Criminal Court.

David Byrne (34) was shot dead during a boxing weigh-in at the popular hotel in north Dublin on Feb. 5 by a gang of heavily armed raiders.

On the evening of May 18, Patrick Hutch (24) of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, was brought to appear before a special sitting of Dublin District Court.

He was charged with the murder of David Byrne and was remanded in custody.

Mr Hutch who “made no reply to the charge” faced his second appearance on Wednesday (May 25) at Cloverhill District Court.

Det Sergeant Mick Mulligan told Judge Victor Blake that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment and is deciding whether to issue a certificate for the Special Criminal Court.

A book of evidence has yet to be prepared.

Dressed in a grey shirt and black jeans, Mr Hutch remained silent during the hearing and nodded when asked if he agreed to the case being adjourned for four weeks.

His barrister Hugh O'Connor confirmed his client consented.

Mr Hutch, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, was further remanded in custody and will face his next hearing on June 22 next.

Due to the nature of the charge the district court cannot grant bail meaning Mr Hutch will have to bring an application to the High Court to get released pending trial.

 His solicitor has already said he wanted to prepare a bail application and he would notify the prosecution.

Meanwhile a man in his fifties who had been held at Ballymun Garda station in connection with the David Byrne murder was released without charge on Wednesday.

He had been held for seven days under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Patrick Hutch Jnr is a nephew of Gerry “the Monk” Hutch and also a cousin of Gareth Hutch (35) who was shot dead outside his home in north inner city Dublin on Tuesday morning and Gary Hutch who was killed in Spain last year

David Byrne, who was from Crumlin, was blasted when gunmen arrived at the Regency Hotel dressed as a Garda SWAT team.

Daniel Kinahan, who runs the MGM boxing promotion, was also at the weigh-in but avoided injury. 

It followed the murder of Dublin criminal Gary Hutch who was shot dead in Spain last year and has sparked a wave of killings: Eddie Hutch (58), Noel “Kingsize” Duggan and dissident Michael Barr.

Homeless man Martin O'Rourke was also was shot dead in Dublin city-centre last month in what is believed to have been a case of mistaken identity and on Tuesday Gareth Hutch was shot dead as he was getting into his car outside Avondale House flats on North Cumberland Street.