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'Flat cap' Regency hotel gunman took weapons north after brutal murder

The so-called 'flat cap' suspect
The so-called 'flat cap' suspect

Gardai believe that the Regency Hotel gunman - who has been nicknamed 'flat cap' - took the AK-47s used in the murder across the border in a bag.

CCTV images collated by gardai show the hitman fleeing with a large bag after he was collected by a waiting getaway car following the shocking attack in the crowded north Dublin hotel on Friday, February 5.

The criminal, who was pictured wearing a flat cap as he fled the Regency Hotel following the shooting, is a suspected dissident republican from Northern Ireland, who has had lengthy ties with organised crime gangs in the south.

The 56-year-old, from Co Tyrone, has a number of previous convictions in the North and was photographed armed with a handgun.

Gardai are satisfied that the individual was in the hotel during the boxing weigh-in accompanied by another gunman dressed as a woman.

The 'couple' even asked a kitchen porter for directions when they were entering the hotel.

The Northern Ireland native was the only gunman not disguised in a wig or wearing a balaclava, with sources revealing that this may have been due to the fact that none of the Kinahan gang members knew his identity prior to the shooting.

However, the suspected shooter's name has now been circulating in the underworld and he has tried to go underground in fear of his life.

The suspect fled across the border in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, when up to six vehicles, including a number of taxis, were used to ferry the hit team from a location near the Regency Hotel where they had torched the van used in the attack. The silver Ford Transit van was set on fire by the gang at the Charlemont housing estate in Marino.

Gardai reportedly raided the suspect's home in the aftermath of the vicious killing.

Kinahan cartel drug dealer David Byrne (34) was gunned down by members of the hit squad at the hotel. The father-of-two was shot in the head at point-blank range during the raid that also saw Sean McGovern (30) receive bullet wounds to the stomach.

Aaron Bolger (25), who was also shot, is still recovering in hospital.

News of how the AK-47s were smuggled across the border following the attack comes as the gang war between the Kinahan cartel and the Hutch mob shows no sign of abating.

A grim warning has been issued by a major criminal, believed to be one of three gunmen disguised as gardai, who said the feud won't stop until Daniel Kinahan is dead.

Kinahan, the son of cartel boss Christy Kinahan Snr, was the target of the Regency attack but escaped unharmed.

Ken Foy