Patrick Hutch Jnr returned for trial to non-jury Special Criminal Court

Patrick Hutch
Patrick Hutch

Patrick Hutch Jnr, who is accused of murdering David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin last February, has been returned for trial to the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

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

In May, at Dublin District Court, Patrick Hutch (24) of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, was charged with the murder of Mr Byrne.

Later, he was further charged with possessing three AK47 assault rifles in connection with the fatal shooting.

The two charges, under the Firearms Act, allege that he unlawfully possessed three 7.62 X 39mm assault rifles and had them with intent to endanger life at the Regency Hotel on February 5th last. 

Today, at the Special Criminal Court, State Solicitor Michael O'Donovan said that the DPP was applying to the court to make an order under Section 49 of the Offences Against the State Act that the accused man be tried before the Special Criminal Court.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding with Judge Martin Nolan and Judge Cormac Dunne, made the order.

Mr O'Donovan then asked the court to issue a body warrant to have Mr Hutch, who is currently in custody, produced at the Special Criminal Court on a day set out in the warrant.