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Saturday 3 December 2016

Regency hotel murder - astonishing photos emerge of 'transvestite' gunman fleeing the scene

Published 07/02/2016 | 12:26

This is the astonishing image that shows two of the gunmen fleeing from Dublin’s Regency Hotel in the aftermath of the shocking gangland killing on Friday.

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This crucial image, which will prove key in building a body of evidence against the criminals, shows one gunman who is wearing a dress and removing his blonde wig as he runs for a getaway van.

Today's front page of the Sunday World
Today's front page of the Sunday World

The men, both holding handguns, can be clearly identified as they run from the hotel following the broad daylight attack during a boxing weigh in on Friday.

At the request of the gardai and due to the nature of the investigation, Independent.ie has pixelated the faces of those involved.

Yesterday's front page of The Herald
Yesterday's front page of The Herald

One of the men is pictured wearing heavy make-up and a wig and he is dressed in women's clothing as he makes an escape from the chaotic scene which left one man dead and two others seriously wounded.

The accomplice in the photo makes no attempt to conceal his face. He is clearly pictured wearing a flat cap as he runs from the hotel, as the body of slain gangster David Byrne lies in reception.

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Within seconds of this shocking photo being taken, the six-man hit-team sped out of the car park in a white van, having carried out the callous murder in front of 100 people inside the hotel.

This exclusive Sunday World photo will help to piece together the movements of the gunmen during and after the attack. The photo, along with our exclusive photos in The Herald and the Irish Independent of the gunmen carrying AK-47s, will no doubt prove invaluable to the murder investigation.

Independent.ie also carries shocking video footage of the moment the gangsters stormed the hotel, where a child is heard screaming as he runs for cover with his father.

Paramedics carry an injured man from the hotel
Paramedics carry an injured man from the hotel
Sean McGovern
David Byrne
The body of one of the victim is taken from the scene of a shooting at the Regency Hotel on the Swords Road this this evening.
David Byrne from Raleigh Square in Crumlin.
Emergency services at the scene of the shooting.
The scene of a shooting at the Regency Hotel on the Swords Road this afternoon... Picture Colin Keegan
The burned out van which Gardai suspect was used by the gunmen in the Regency Hotel shooyting this afternoonthis afternoon. Photo: Colin Keegan
The scene of a shooting at the Regency Hotel on the Swords Road this afternoon... Picture Colin Keegan

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Criminal David Byrne was shot dead and two others injured as two gunmen armed with AK-47s - and two others with handguns - opened fire in the hotel. Three of the men were dressed as gardaí.

Yesterday's front page of the Irish Indepenent
Yesterday's front page of the Irish Indepenent

The brazen gangland shooting occurred at a weigh-in for a boxing event which was attended by several members of the Christy Kinahan crime syndicate.

Gardai have been working to identify the gang members involved.

Armed gardaí and members of the Emergency Response Unit manned checkpoints throughout Dublin city overnight, and this will continue for at least the next few days.

Hotel owner James McGettigan has told how he repeatedly tried but failed to contact the gardai as he witnessed two hitmen gun down their gangland rival.

Mr McGettigan, owner of the Regency Hotel, Dublin, tried three times to raise the alarm, but when his calls went unanswered, he was forced to hang up and call a Garda friend instead.

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