‘Where’s the justice?’ Family’s outrage over collapse of murder trial
Charges against Patrick Hutch over the shooting of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in February 2016 were withdrawn by the State.
The family of a man murdered at a boxing weigh-in event in Dublin have held a protest outside court following the collapse of the case against his alleged killer.
David Byrne was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in February 2016.
Patrick Hutch walked free from the Special Criminal Court on Wednesday after the State withdrew the charges against him.
The 26-year-old had been accused of murder and firearms offences.
After he was discharged, family and friends of the 34-year-old victim gathered on the steps of the court building, where they shouted “No justice done”.
There was a heavy police presence as Mr Byrne’s relatives, including his mother Sadie, held placards, with one displaying a picture of the victim.
One woman told the media: “Where’s the justice?
“That’s all we ask for. Patrick Hutch walks free. Where’s the justice?”
Two other men were injured in the same attack, which was part of a feud between two Dublin criminal gangs.