Sunday 24 March 2019

‘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Charges against Patrick Hutch over the shooting of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in February 2016 were withdrawn by the State.

Relatives of David Byrne. who was murdered at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in 2016. react outside the Special Criminal Court in after charges were dropped against his alleged killer, Patrick Hutch (Niall Carson/PA)
Relatives of David Byrne. who was murdered at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in 2016. react outside the Special Criminal Court in after charges were dropped against his alleged killer, Patrick Hutch (Niall Carson/PA)

By Cate McCurry, Press Association

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.

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Relatives of David Byrne react angrily outside the Special Criminal Court in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA)

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.

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Angry relatives asked ‘Where’s the justice?’ after the charges against Patrick Hutch were dropped (Niall Carson/PA)

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.

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Sadie Byrne, mother of murder victim David Byrne (Niall Carson/PA)

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.

Press Association

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