Sunday 24 September 2017

Four men appear before court in connection to 2013 murder of Peter Butterly

Peter Butterly
Peter Butterly
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

Four men have appeared before the Special Criminal Court today in connection to the murder of Peter Butterly, who was shot dead in March 2013 outside the Huntsman Inn in Gormanston, Co Meath.

Frank Murphy (58) of McDonagh Caravan Park, Triton Road, Bettystown, Co Meath was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na HEireann, otherwise the IRA.

He was also charged with possession of a 9mm Beretta semi automatic pistol with the intent to commit murder, the possession of seven rounds of 9mm ammunition, and the murder of Peter Butterly.

The court heard that when charged at his address with membership, as well as gun and ammunition possession, Mr Murphy replied “I am not a member of the IRA”.

The court was also told that when the charges were read to him in the confines of the court, after the murder charge was put to him, Mr Murphy had replied “All rubbish. All lies”.

When the charge sheet was read to Mr Murphy in the court before the three judge panel he said “All bulls***. All lies”.

Laurence Murphy (60), a brother of Frank, and also of McDonagh Caravan Park in Bettystown, Co Meath, was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na HEireann, otherwise the IRA.

The court heard that when charged at his address Mr Murphy had replied “this is rubbish”.

When the charges were read to him in court he said “Not Guilty. Deny everything”.

Michael McDermott (58) of Riversdale House, Garrymore, Ballinagh Co Cavan, was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na HEireann, otherwise the IRA; possession of a 9mm Beretta semi automatic pistol with the intent to commit murder; possession of seven rounds of 9mm ammunition; and the murder of Peter Butterly.

He made no reply when charged.

Ray Kennedy (37) of Whitestown Drive in Blanchardstown, Dublin, was charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na HEireann, otherwise the IRA.

He made no reply when charged, and did not stand up or identify himself in court when requested.

All four were remanded in custody to appear at the Special Criminal Court next Thursday.

Counsel for each of the accused asked arresting gardai if warrants had been issued prior to detention, and were told there were no warrants.

Mr Butterly (35) was shot dead on March 6th, 2013 outside The Huntsman Inn.

Two men are already serving life sentences for the murder, after being found guilty in March this year.

Edward McGrath (35), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght and Sharif Kelly (47), of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan had both denied the murder.

Four men were originally charged with the murder. One of the men, David Cullen, subsequently turned State witness, and his murder charge was dropped. The fourth man, Dean Evans (24), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, Dublin, failed to turn up for the trial, and has still not been located.

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