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Man arrested in connection with David Byrne murder further held in custody

CourtsBy Tom Tuite
Man arrested in connection with David Byrne murder further held in custody

A JUDGE has granted gardai an additional 72 hours to hold a man who is being questioned in connection with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency hotel.

The man, who is in his 50s, had been arrested on Wednesday and has been held under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act at Raheny garda station in Dublin.

Today, Garda Chief Superintendent Finbar O'Brien applied to Dublin District Court to extend the period of detention by up to 72 hours. Judge Grainne O'Neill granted the application.

The man, represented by solicitor John Feaheny, was present for the procedure but did not address the court. He is one of three men currently being held by gardai investigating the fatal shooting. 

Two men, in their 50s and 30s, were arrested on Tuesday. On Thursday evening gardai were granted permission to hold them at Swords and Clontarf stations for another 72 hours.

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

Patrick Hutch (24) of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, was charged on Wednesday night and was remanded in custody by Dublin District Court charged with the murder of David Byrne.

Mr Hutch "made no reply to the charge".

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. He will face his next hearing at Cloverhill District Court on May 25.