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Jailed David Hunter sentenced to life for the murder of Michael Barr at Sunset House pub

The court found there was compelling evidence that Hunter was one of the two gunmen who entered the Summerhill pub and murdered Barr by shooting him.

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26/04/2016 Members of the Gardai with the remains of a man who was involved in a fatal shooting at the Sunset House pub in Summerhill, Dublin.

26/04/2016 Members of the Gardai with the remains of a man who was involved in a fatal shooting at the Sunset House pub in Summerhill, Dublin.

26/04/2016 Members of the Gardai with the remains of a man who was involved in a fatal shooting at the Sunset House pub in Summerhill, Dublin.

A British car thief has been jailed for life this morning by the non-jury Special Criminal Court for the Kinahan Cartel murder of the manager of the Sunset House pub in Dublin. 

Liverpool native David Hunter (42), with an address at Du Cane Road, White City, London, had denied the murder of 35-year-old Michael Barr at the Sunset House pub in Dublin's north inner city on the night of April 25, 2016.

Hunter is the second man to be found guilty of murdering dissident republican Barr. In January 2018, Eamonn Cumberton (32), of Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7, was also convicted of murdering the Tyrone native.

The court found there was compelling evidence that Hunter was one of the two gunmen who entered the Summerhill pub and murdered Barr by shooting him.

In a victim-impact statement read by prosecution barrister Mr Dominic McGinn SC, Mr Barr's former partner Jade O'Shea, who has a child with Mr Barr, said that their six year-old daughter constantly asks for her father and that since the brutal night of April 25, 2016, their lives have been turned upside down.

In her victim-impact statement, also read by Mr McGinn, Mr Barr's sister Noeleen said her brother was "brutally taken" from the Barr family and from his five children.

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Michael Barr

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David Hunter

David Hunter

She said that after learning of Mr Barr's death on social media she was "found in pieces" on the floor and described his death as a "nightmare" for the family and his children. "How can you measure a life in drugs or money?" she asked. She said the family had been through "mental torture" and described her brother as a talented sportsman and a family man who was a gentleman.

Delivering sentence, Mr Justice Alexander Owens, presiding, sitting with Judge Gerard Griffin and Judge David McHugh, backdated Hunter's life-sentence to April 2019, when he was first arrested on a European Arrest Warrant.

Speaking outside court, Detective Superintendent Colm Murphy said that the shooting of Mr Barr was a "cold and callous" murder. He extended his sympathies to the Barr family and said that the garda investigation into the murder was ongoing.

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