Friday 9 December 2016

'Man stayed at Regency to prepare for role in shooting'

Robin Schiller

Published 10/09/2016 | 02:30

Regency Hotel and inset Kevin Murray
Regency Hotel and inset Kevin Murray

A man wanted over a gangland murder at the Regency Hotel had stayed there overnight in preparation for his alleged role in the shooting, a court heard.

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Gardaí investigating the ­killing of David Byrne also claim Kevin Murray can be "clearly identified" on CCTV footage, a judge said.

The 46-year-old was refused bail in his fight against being extradited to face charges over his alleged part in the murder.

Murray was detained at his home in Townsend Street, Strabane, on Monday under a European Arrest Warrant issued by authorities in the Republic.

He is being sought in connection with the fatal gun attack at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on February 5.

Murray is wanted in connection with alleged offences of murder, possession of a firearm with intent, and possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances. He was not brought to Belfast Recorder's Court for yesterday's ruling on his bid to be released from custody.

Setting out reasons for denying bail, Judge Patricia Smyth referred to evidence contained in the arrest warrant. She said it identified Murray as an alleged part of the gang involved in the murder of Mr Byrne.

The warrant stated: "Following examination of CCTV footage and from photographic evidence obtained, the requested person was clearly identified by several members of An Garda Síochána."

Referring again to the warrant, Judge Smyth continued that Murray allegedly stayed overnight at the Regency Hotel where Mr Byrne was shot.

"The warrant alleges this was in preparation for his role in the murder the following day."

The judge stressed that a full hearing of the extradition case must be completed "in the very near future".

Another man, 24-year-old Patrick Hutch of Champions Avenue in Dublin, has already been charged with the murder.

Irish Independent

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