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Man charged in connection with Regency attack appears in court

Patrick Hutch
Patrick Hutch

PATRICK Hutch Jnr, who has been charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, has been further remanded in custody pending directions from the DPP.

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

In June, Patrick Hutch (24) of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, was charged with the murder of David Byrne and he was remanded in custody.

Mr Hutch, who "made no reply to the charge" faced his fifth appearance on Wednesday at Cloverhill District Court. A State solicitor said the DPP's directions were not yet available and an adjournment was sought.

Mr Hutch remained silent during the hearing. His solicitor Stephanie O'Mara said she was instructed that there was no consent for more time to be given to the prosecution and her client wanted the court to be informed.

Judge Gibbons noted he faced a murder charge and said the request was reasonable given the gravity of the allegation. Mr Hutch who was wearing a grey shirt and blue jeans was further remanded in custody to appear at the same court on Aug. 17 next for the DPP's directions to be obtained.

It had been indicated at an earlier hearing that he could face a non-jury trial in the Special Criminal Court.

Det Sergeant Mick Mulligan has already told the court that the DPP is  deciding whether to issue a certificate for the Special Criminal Court. A book of evidence has yet to be prepared.

Due to the nature of the charge the district court cannot grant bail meaning Mr Hutch, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, will have to bring an application to the High Court to get released pending trial.

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 the morning of May 24 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. The most recent death was father-of-one David 'Daithi' Douglas (55) from Cabra who was shot in the head on Dublin's Bridgefoot Street on July 1.