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Patrick Hutch further remanded in custody in relation to David Byrne murder

Crime DeskBy Tom Tuite
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.

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

Mr Hutch, who "made no reply to the charge", faced his fourth appearance before a judge on Wednesday at Cloverhill District Court.

He was further remanded in custody by Judge Victor Blake and will appear again in court on August 3 next.

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 told Judge Victor Blake that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment and is deciding whether to issue a certificate for the Special Criminal Court.

A book of evidence has yet to be completed.

Due to the nature of the charge the district court cannot grant bail, meaning that 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.