Regency ‘hitman in drag’ arrested
Second gang member held after high-speed garda chase
Published 14/05/2016 | 02:30
The hitman in drag who fled the Regency hotel after the bloody murder of David Byrne has been arrested.
The man, who is aged in his late 20s, is believed to have fired the first shots in the gangland slaying on February 8. It is the first arrest in relation to the murder of criminal Byrne (34) and a major breakthrough in the gardaí's investigation.
The gunman is a relative of murdered Gary Hutch and Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch. He was arrested around 9pm after gardaí intercepted a car on the Malahide road.
A second man, who is suspected of being one of the AK47 shooters, was also arrested - for dangerous driving. The gunman in drag is now being detained under the provisions of Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 at Ballymun Garda Station.
Gardaí have been closely monitoring the suspect and used facial recognition technology to identify the criminal.
The suspect arrived at the Regency Hotel on Februrary 5 linked arm-in-arm with another man.
According to witnesses, he acted like a "feeble old woman", wearing a dirty blonde wig, knee-high boots, a black coat and scarf.
The gangster in drag fired the first shot.
The murder of Byrne has sparked gangland warfare, with a series of deadly shootings carried out since.