Tuesday 24 October 2017

Monk's nephew is charged with Regency murder

Ken Foy

A nephew of crime boss Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch appeared in court last night charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel.

Patrick Hutch (24), with an address at Champions Avenue in Dublin 1, is a brother of Gary Hutch who was murdered in Spain last September. He appeared in an out-of-hours sitting of the Dublin District Court charged with the murder of Byrne (33).

Giving evidence, Detective Sergeant Mick Mulligan said he charged the defendant at 6.28pm yesterday at Ballymun Garda Station. He told the court the defendant made no reply to the charge.

Judge Hugh O'Donnell granted legal aid to the defendant, who was represented by solicitor John Feeney. No application was made for bail.

A bearded Patrick Hutch, who was wearing a blue tracksuit top and grey bottoms, remained silent during the brief court appearance.

Judge O'Donnell remanded the defendant in custody to appear before Cloverhill District Court at 10.30am on May 25 next.

David Byrne died after he was shot a number of times in the lobby of the Regency Hotel while attending a boxing weigh-in on February 5.

Two other men, who were friends of Byrne, were injured during the incident.

Patrick Hutch was arrested by investigating gardaí last Friday, on the Malahide Road close to the Belcamp area in north Dublin.

An armed garda convoy - two Regional Support Unit vehicles and three unmarked garda cars - transported the defendant amid heavy security to the Criminal Courts of Justice in the city centre from Ballymun Garda Station at around 7.45pm.

Meanwhile, another three men - including a father and son - remained in garda custody last night following their arrests in connection with Byrne's murder. The men are being held in garda stations at Raheny, Swords and Clontarf.

One of the men - aged 56-year-old and from the north inner city - was arrested yesterday following a raid on his home. He was taken to Raheny Garda Station. Two other men - a 38-year-old man and his father (59) who are both also from the inner city - were arrested on Tuesday. They are being held at Clontarf and Swords garda stations.

The 38-year-old had been issued a warning by gardaí that his life was under threat. Officers conveyed the information to him in a Garda Information Message form last weekend. He was arrested at Dublin Airport on Tuesday as he attempted to leave the country on a flight to Dubai.

The Regency Hotel shooting sparked a feud between rival gangs which has led to further deaths. Eddie Hutch Snr was shot dead at his home in Ballybough, Dublin, on February; Noel Duggan was murdered outside his home in Ratoath, Co Meath, on March 23; while innocent Martin O'Rourke was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity on Sheriff Street on April 14. Dissident republican Michael 'Mickey' Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House pub in Summerhill on April 25.

Investigations into these murders are continuing.

Irish Independent

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