Thursday 26 April 2018

Patrick Hutch Jnr further remanded in custody over Regency Hotel murder of David Byrne

CCJ with inset Patrick Hutch
CCJ with inset Patrick Hutch

Tom Tuite

Patrick Hutch Jnr, who has been charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, has been further remanded in custody pending directions from the DPP.

David Byrne (34), who was from Crumlin in Dublin, was shot dead during a boxing weigh-in at the popular hotel on Feb. 5 by a gang of heavily armed raiders. In June, Patrick Hutch (24) of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, was charged with the murder of David Byrne and he was remanded in custody.

Mr Hutch, who “made no reply to the charge” faced his fifth appearance on Wednesday at Cloverhill District Court. A State solicitor said the DPP's directions were not yet available and an adjournment was sought.

Mr Hutch remained silent during the hearing. His solicitor Stephanie O'Mara said she was instructed that there was no consent for more time to be given to the prosecution and her client wanted the court to be informed.

Murder accused Patrick Hutch
Murder accused Patrick Hutch

Judge Gibbons noted he faced a murder charge and said the request was reasonable given the gravity of the allegation. Mr Hutch who was wearing a grey shirt and blue jeans was further remanded in custody to appear at the same court on Aug. 17 next for the DPP's directions to be obtained.

It had been indicated at an earlier hearing that he could face a non-jury trial in the Special Criminal Court.

Det Sergeant Mick Mulligan has already told the court that the DPP is  deciding whether to issue a certificate for the Special Criminal Court. A book of evidence has yet to be prepared.

Due to the nature of the charge the district court cannot grant bail meaning Mr Hutch, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, will have to bring an application to the High Court to get released pending trial.

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