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court hearing Dissidents who formed colour party at Michael Barr's funeral fail to overturn convictions

Dissident republican Barr was shot dead in 2016


Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House pub

Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House pub

Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House pub

Seven Derry dissidents who wore paramilitary gear at the funeral of Dublin gangland murder victim Michael Barr have failed to overturn terrorist-related convictions.

Imposing £500 fines on each of the defendants, who did not attend court, Judge Paul Ramsey QC said that despite defence submissions to the contrary he was satisfied that by wearing paramilitary garb at the funeral of Michael Barr in 2016, that gave rise to the reasonable suspicion that each man was a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation.

The seven defendants are: Gary Hayden (48), from Tyrconnell Street; Emmet James McDermott (45), from Oakland Park; James Anthony Friel (49) from Circular Road; James Anthony Kelly (60) from Chamberlain Street; Kevin Connolly Brady (40), from Ballymagowan Avenue; Jude McCrory (23) from Ballymagowan Gardens and Patrick McDaid (51) from Magowan Park.

All seven were convicted of wearing clothing, namely a beret, sunglasses, a scarf, military-style jumper and trousers, boots and gloves, “in such a way or in such circumstances as to arouse reasonable suspicion that he was a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation” on 5 May 2016.

The offence arose when the defendants formed part of the colour party in the funeral of dissident republican Barr who was 35 when he died as part of the Kinahan/Hutch feud.

Well known to the Gardaí for involvement with dissident republicanism, the New IRA man was shot seven times, five times in the head and two to the body, while standing at the counter in the Sunset House bar.

David Hunter and Eamonn Cumberton, have been convicted of his murder and are serving life imprisonment while a third man, Christopher Slater (36) from Carnlough Road, Cabra, Dublin, is in custody charged with the killing.

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