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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Murder accused enjoys Spanish holiday with slain Alan Ryan's ex

Dean Evans had bail conditions changed to enjoy a break in the sun

Published 20/06/2016 | 12:02

Dean Evans takes a boat trip in Marbella and (right) murdered Alan Ryan with Stacey Roche
Dean Evans takes a boat trip in Marbella and (right) murdered Alan Ryan with Stacey Roche

This is alleged dissident gunman Dean Evans enjoying a summer holiday in Marbella – despite the fact that he is facing a murder charge.

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Evans and two others have been charged with the 2013 murder of 35-year-old Peter Butterly, the father-of-three who was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn pub in Gormanston, Co Meath.

The 27-year-old of Grange Park Rise in Raheny, was granted permission by the High Court to change the conditions of his bail so he could travel abroad.

The application was opposed by gardai who argued that the strength of evidence against him and the seriousness of the crime made him a potential flight risk.

Evans was successful in his bid however, but the costs of the application were awarded against him.

In the photograph posted on Evans’ Facebook page, he can be seen enjoying a boating trip.

In the sunshine he displays a tattoo on his arm and shoulder.

He was a close pal of murdered Real IRA chief Alan Ryan and was regularly seen in his company before he was murdered.

Evans was joined at the resort in Puerto Banus by Ryan’s former partner Stacey Roche, who was previously in the news after she appeared in paramilitary-style gear at a memorial march for him.

At the time of his murder in September 2012, Crumlin native Stacey was regarded as the republican dissident terror chief’s main girlfriend.

Her links to Ryan brought her to the attention of both gardai and drug gangs.

In 2013, she was formally warned by gardai that her life was in danger.

The 55-day long trial of Evans and his co-accused collapsed at the Special Criminal Court in January last year after a failure in evidence disclosure.

The court delivered its ruling after the disclosure of previously privileged material contained in a statement given in July 2013 by witness David Cullen to gardai­.

Cullen (30), with a last address in Balbriggan, was allegedly part of the murder plan himself but turned State’s witness against his former co-accused Evans, as well as Edward McGrath (33) of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, and Sharif Kelly (44) of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan.

They had pleaded not guilty to murdering Butterly.

Evans and McGrath also pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol and seven rounds of 9mm parabellum calibre ammunition at the same address on the same date.

The pair also pleaded not guilty to 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.

A retrial was ordered for January 2017 and Mr Justice Michael Moriarty said “justice demands” that bail be granted to Evans until then.

Evans is believed to have arrived back in Ireland last Friday and his bail conditions returned to what they were before his holiday.

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