Monday 24 October 2016

Patrick Hutch Jnr who is charged with David Byrne murder could face non-jury trial in Special Criminal Court

Tom Tuite

Published 25/05/2016 | 13:30

CCJ with inset Patrick Hutch
CCJ with inset Patrick Hutch

PATRICK Hutch Jnr, who has been charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, could face a non-jury trial in the Special Criminal Court.

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David Byrne (34) was shot dead during a boxing weigh-in at the popular hotel in Raheny in north Dublin on Feb. 5 by a gang of heavily armed raiders. On the evening of May 18, Patrick Hutch (24) of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, was brought to appear before a special sitting of Dublin District Court.

He was charged with the murder of David Byrne and was remanded in custody. Mr Hutch who “made no reply to the charge” faced his second appearance on Wednesday (may 25) at Cloverhill District Court.

Det Sergeant Mick Mulligan told Judge Victor Blake that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment and is  deciding whether to issue a certificate for the Special Criminal Court.

A book of evidence has yet to be prepared.

Dressed in a grey shirt and black jeans, Mr Hutch remained silent during the hearing and nodded when asked if he agreed to the case being adjourned for four weeks. His barrister Hugh O'Connor confirmed his client consented.

Mr Hutch, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, was further remanded in custody and will face his next hearing on June 22 next.

Due to the nature of the charge the district court cannot grant bail meaning Mr Hutch will have to bring an application to the High Court to get released pending trial. His solicitor has already said he wanted to prepare a bail application and he would notify the prosecution.

Meanwhile a man in his fifties who had been held at Ballymun Garda station in connection with the David Byrne murder was released without charge on Wednesday. He had been held for seven days under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

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