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Suspected Regency Hotel gunman 'Flat Cap' arrested on suspicion of murder

Crime DeskBy Sunday World
Gardai at the Regency Hotel following the attack in February
Gardai at the Regency Hotel following the attack in February

A 46-year-old man wanted in connection with the Regency Hotel murder is to appear before a Belfast court this morning following his arrest in Northern Ireland.

The suspect, known as 'Flat Cap', is believed to be one of the men involved in the fatal shooting of David Byrne (34) at a boxing weigh-in at the Dublin hotel in February.

He was arrested in Strabane, Co Tyrone, shortly after 4pm yesterday and will appear at the Crown Courts in Belfast today.

He was picked up on foot of a European Arrest Warrant and will face murder and firearm charges.

David Byrne was a key player in the Kinahan cartel and his murder was believed to be a revenge attack for the killing of Gary Hutch in Spain at the hands of the Kinahan mob in September 2015.

The suspect will appear before Belfast Recorder's Court today charged with a murder and firearm offences on the back of a European Arrest Warrant, which was carried out by the PSNI on behalf of An Garda Síochána.

His arrest comes as gardai in north Dublin and the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI) are preparing a file for the DPP.

Gary Hutch was killed by former associates and his death sparked a bloody feud that has so far claimed 10 lives, including two innocent men.

Days after the Regency shoot-out, Eddie Hutch Sr, brother of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch was shot dead in his home in the north-inner city. Since his death a number of relatives of 'the Monk' have been killed or targeted because of their family connections.

Armed garda checkpoints have been ramped up in the city in a bid to clamp down on the feud.