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Sunday 24 September 2017

Four men to stand trial for murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly

Brian Kavanagh

FOUR Dublin men will stand trial at the Special Criminal Court next year for the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly.

Butterly, a 35-year-old father of two, was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath, last March.

Edward McGrath (32), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, David Cullen (29), of Brackenwood Ave, Balbriggan and Sharif Kelly (43) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan are charged with the murder of Peter Butterly at The Huntsman Inn on March 6th, 2013.

State Solicitor Michael O’Donovan this morning (Friday) told the non-jury court that the prosecution was in a position to serve a book of evidence on the four men.

Counsel for the State, Mr Vincent Heneghan BL, asked the court to allot a five-week time period for the trial.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court would list the case for trial on June 24, 2014.

He told the men that if they intended to rely on the defence of alibi they must notify the prosecution within 14 days and furnish them with the relevant names and addresses.

Mr Justice Butler, sitting with Judge John O’Hagan and Judge William Hamill, said the men should not without leave of court call anybody to give evidence on their behalf unless 21 days before the day of the trial they give notice of their intention to do so.

The case has been brought before the Special Criminal Court as the Director of Public Prosecutions has certified the ordinary courts are inadequate to secure the administration of justice.

Three of the men will also stand trial on a number of other charges. Mr Evans and Mr McGrath are charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol and seven rounds of 9mm parabellum calibre ammunition at The Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath on March 6th, 2013.

The pair are also charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol and seven rounds of ammunition with intent to endanger life at the car park of The Huntsman Inn on the same date.

Mr Evans and Mr McGrath are also charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann on the same date.

David Cullen is charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol at Gormanston, Co Meath on March 6th.

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