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Ex girlfriend of slain RIRA boss shacks up with old pal

Crime DeskBy Nicola Tallant
Stacey Roche
Stacey Roche

It must be love.

Stacey Roche pulls a sultry pout as she poses with boyfriend Dean Evans, who is facing trial for the murder of dissident Peter Butterly.

But the former partner of murdered Real IRA chief Alan Ryan has been dating pumped-up Evans after she turned to him for comfort following the murder of her boyfriend Alan.

Alan Ryan and Stacey Roche 

The pair found love amidst their grief and earlier this year enjoyed a sun holiday together after the alleged dissident gunman sought permission to travel to Marbella in Spain for a holiday ahead of his trial in the
Special Criminal Court.

Despite objections by gardai, Evans was allowed to leave the country and enjoyed a fortnight on the Med with Stacey.

Stacey is the ultimate paramilitary gangsters’ moll.

She was regarded as Alan Ryan’s main girlfriend at the time of his murder in 2012.

Despite the fact that he was known to have a number of partners, she was top of the pile and was issued with a Garda Information Message (GIM) form at one stage by detectives who believed there was a credible threat to her life.

Dean Evans and Stacy Roche

She was also arrested in connection with the inquiry into the murder of drug dealer Sean Winters, who was gunned down after refusing to hand over €50,000 in protection money to Ryan and his brother Vincent.

Roche was not suspected of having any direct involvement in the 2010 murder but was arrested by officers probing whether she had any information about it.

Stacey is a staunch Republican herself and is a supporter of the 32 County Sovereignty Movement. She hit the headlines when she appeared in a full paramilitary uniform during a memorial march for Ryan.

The stunner had initially moved in with the Ryan family after the murder of Alan but when she found love with Evans – one of Ryan’s best pals – she moved out.

Evans was charged with the murder of Peter Butterly, who was shot dead in County Meath in 2013. Last January, a 55-day-long trial involving him and his co-accused collapsed after a failure in evidence disclosure.

A retrial was ordered for January 2017 and Evans was granted bail until the case resumes.

Ryan had at least four women under his spell at the time he was murdered,  including one woman who had gone abroad to have his baby.

Last March, the Ryan family and their supporters faced further anguish when Alan’s brother Vincent was murdered.

At his funeral, his partner and the mother of his six-week-old daughter, Kelly Smyth, told of her heartbreak at his murder.

Kelly Smith and Vinnie Ryan

“You were not only my boyfriend, you were my best friend, my soulmate and father to our beautiful little girl Phoenix. I have now lost all of that and our little girl has lost her Daddy. Me and you were glued at the hip from day one, and when Phoenix came along we became three,” she said.

In an insight into the double lives that gangland hoods lead with their partners and families, she described the murderous thug as a proud and loving father.

“The day Phoenix was born was the happiest day of his life, he loved her more than life itself. We had the perfect little family. We had so much planned for our future. He wanted more kids and we were supposed to get married.

“The last conversation we had that Monday was about getting married. He used to say to me before he kissed me: ‘This is how I’m going to kiss you when we get married’.

Now we will never get that day and I’m totally lost without you.”

“I’m broken. The day you were taken from me, you took my heart with you. I always loved you and always will.”

Like all women who mix with dangerous paramilitaries, Stacey and Kelly have both learned the hard way that falling in love with a hard man can mean that death is just around the corner.