Ireland Trial begins of man accused of carrying out Regency Hotel murder

23:01  11 january  2018
23:01  11 january  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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The trial of a man accused of murder during the shooting at Dublin's former Regency Hotel is due to start later today. David Byrne was gunned down at a boxing weigh-in almost two years ago.

The aftermath of the Regency Hotel attack, inset David Byrne © Independent.ie The aftermath of the Regency Hotel attack, inset David Byrne A DUBLIN man has gone on trial accused of murdering a father-of-two who was killed in a gangland shooting at the Regency Hotel.

The trial of Patrick Hutch Jnr (25) got underway this afternoon with the prosecution’s opening statement being delivered before the three-judge Special Criminal Court.

He is pleading not guilty to the murder of David Byrne (34), who was shot dead at a boxing weigh-in in the north Dublin hotel on February 5, 2016.

Mr Hutch, of Champions Avenue in the north inner city, also denies unlawfully possessing three assault rifles and magazines in suspicious circumstances.

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The trial of a man accused of murder during the shooting at Dublin's former Regency Hotel is due to start later today. David Byrne was gunned down at a boxing weigh-in almost two years ago. February 5 will mark two years since the shocking attack at the hotel formerly known as the Regency in Whitehall.

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Sean Gillane SC, for the prosecution, was delivering his opening statement before judges Tony Hunt, Patricia Ryan and Ann Ryan at the non-jury court.

Earlier, a large contingent of gardai from the public order unit were seen arriving at the Criminal Courts of Justice.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

Mr Byrne, from Raleigh Square, Crumlin died from multiple gunshot wounds he suffered when gunmen opened fire in the hotel just after 2pm, during a weigh-in for a boxing event called “clash of the clans.”

He was pronounced dead at the scene and could not be visually identified due his injuries. He was formally identified using fingerprint records.

Two other men were injured in the shooting at the event, while families with children fled in terror.

The Regency Hotel, on the Swords Road in Dublin 9, was renamed last year.

More to follow...

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A 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. They currently remain in custody.The PSNI is appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have information about the murder to get in touch with the investigating team by calling 101, quoting reference 347 of 20/01/18.Alternatively, anonymous information can be provided to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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