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Regency accused Patrick Hutch to be tried in Special Criminal Court

Crime DeskBy Tom Tuite
Patrick Hutch
Patrick Hutch

Patrick Hutch Jnr will be tried in the non-jury Special Criminal Court for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin.

Father-of-two David Byrne (34) 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 he was remanded in custody.

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

Mr Hutch faced his ninth court appearance today when he appeared before Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court.

Judge Blake granted the DPP's application to have Mr Hutch returned for trial to the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

A date for his next hearing has not yet been set.

On September 28 last, Det Inspector Mick Mulligan told Judge Victor Blake at Cloverhill District Court that after the additional charges were put to Mr Hutch, "he had nothing to say in reply".

The two newer charges are under the Firearms Act for unlawfully possessing three 7.62 X 39mm assault rifles and having them with intent to endanger life at the Regency Hotel on February 5 last. The assault rifles are popularly known as AK47s.

Judge Blake heard that these charges were linked to the existing one already before the court.

Mr Hutch was then remanded in custody pending the completion of the book of evidence.

When the murder charge was put to him in May he made "no reply to the charge", Det Inspector Mulligan had said.

It had been indicated prior to his hearing today that the DPP was considering deciding whether to issue a certificate for the Special Criminal Court.

Mr Hutch, who has been granted free legal aid, has not yet entered a plea.