Thursday 23 November 2017

Four men charged with the murder of dissident Butterly

Ken Foy and  Brian Kavanagh

A SHAMROCK Rovers youth coach was one of four men charged with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly.

Edward McGrath (32), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, appeared at the Special Criminal Court yesterday, where he was charged with murder.

Butterly (inset), a 35-year-old father of two, was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath, last March.

Also charged with Butterly's murder were Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny; David Cullen (29), of Brackenwood Avenue, Balbriggan; and Sharif Kelly (43), of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

It previously emerged that Shamrock Rovers coach McGrath was a member of the fans' '400 club' who rescued Rovers from financial ruin by buying the soccer club in 2005.

Evans and McGrath were charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol and seven rounds of 9mm ammunition at The Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath, on March 6, 2013.

State solicitor Michael O'Donovan said the case had been brought before the Special Criminal Court as the Director of Public Prosecutions had certified the ordinary courts were inadequate to secure the administration of justice.

None of the four accused men stood when requested to as the charges were read to them by the court registrar, while the court heard that only Sharif Kelly replied 'no' when asked to make a reply to the charges.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler remanded Evans, McGrath and Cullen in custody to appear before the court again on July 26. Kelly was remanded in custody until July 16.

Irish Independent

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