Saturday 18 November 2017

Men charged in connection with killing of dissident republican remanded

Gardai at the scene where Peter Butterly was killed outside the Huntsman inn in Gormanstown, Co Meath
Gardai at the scene where Peter Butterly was killed outside the Huntsman inn in Gormanstown, Co Meath

By Diarmaid Mac Dermott

THREE Dublin men charged in connection with the fatal shooting of dissident republican Peter Butterly in Co Meath last week were further remanded in custody at the Special Criminal Court today.

Butterly, a 35-year-old father-of-two, was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath on March 6th.

The three men were charged in connection with the shooting at a special sitting of the non jury court last Saturday night.

They are Edward Mc Grath(31), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24, Dean Evans(22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, Dublin  and David Cullen(28), of Brackenwood Ave, Balbriggan, Co Dublin.

Evans and Mc Grath are each charged with the unlawful possession of a 9 mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi automatic pistol and seven rounds of ammunition with intent to endanger life at the car park of The Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath on March 6th.

They are also each charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann on March 6th, 2013.

Cullen is charged with the unlawful possession of a 9 mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi automatic pistol at Gormanston, Co Meath on March 6th.

Chief Superintendent Aidan Glackin objected to bail applications by McGrath and Cullen and said he believed that if they were freed on bail there was a danger that further serious offences would be committed.

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding, said the court was satisfied that the Chief Superintendent's belief was solid and in the circumstances the court refused bail.

All three men were remanded in custody until April 30th when their case will be mentioned again.

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