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non-jury Trial of man (36) accused of Michael Barr's murder to be held in Special Criminal Court

Dissident republican Barr was shot in north inner city in 2016

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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

A man charged with the murder of Michael Barr at the Sunset House pub in Dublin almost five years ago has been sent for trial to the Special Criminal Court.

Christopher Slater, 36, from Carnlough Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, was charged in December over the fatal shooting and was remanded in custody.

He appeared again at Cloverhill District Court today before Judge Victor Blake.

A book of evidence was completed by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and served on Mr Slater.

The DPP furnished a certificate, under the Offences Against the State Act, stating that in this case the ordinary courts were not effective to secure the administration of justice.

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Gardaí at the scene of Michael Barr’s killing

Gardaí at the scene of Michael Barr’s killing

Gardaí at the scene of Michael Barr’s killing

Judge Blake agreed to order Mr Slater to face trial in the non-jury Special Criminal Court.

Following an application by defence solicitor Matthew de Courcy legal aid was granted, to included representation of junior and senior counsel for his client’s trial.

A date for his next hearing has yet to be allocated.

Earlier, evidence was given by Detective Garda David Chapman.

He said he arrested Mr Slater for the murder of Mr Barr.

Mr Slater made "no reply" when charged.

A bail application in a murder case can only be made in a the High Court.

Mr Slater has not yet indicated how he will plead and is third man to face trial accused of Michael Barr’s murder.

Barr, 35, from Co. Tyrone was shot on April 25, 2016, at the Sunset House pub, on Summerhill Parade, in the north inner city, where he worked as a manager.

The father-of-five was shot seven times, five times in the head, and became the seventh victim of the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

In 2018, hitman Eamon Cumberton, 33, of Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7, was jailed for life after he was convicted of the murder, at the non-jury Special Criminal Court. Cumberton, who had 37 previous convictions, had denied the charge.

Accomplice, David Hunter, 42, from Liverpool and with a prior address at at Du Cane Road, White City in London, was later jailed for life for taking part in the murder.

Another man, Martin Aylmer, was jailed for three years on a less serious charge, for helping an organised crime gang commit the murder.

Michael Barr, a dissident republican, from Strabane in Co. Tyrone, had lived in Dublin for a number of years. He was given a paramilitary funeral when his remains were brought home to the North for burial.

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