Tuesday 21 November 2017

Patrick Hutch Junior may be tried at non-jury Special Criminal Court

Patrick Hutch Jnr
Patrick Hutch Jnr

Tom Tuite

Patrick Hutch Jnr, who has been charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, could face a non-jury trial in the Special Criminal Court.

David Byrne (34) was shot dead during a boxing weigh-in at the hotel in Drumcondra, north Dublin, on February 5 by a gang of heavily armed raiders.

On the evening of May 18, Patrick Hutch (24), of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, was brought to appear before a special sitting of Dublin District Court. He was charged with the murder of David Byrne and was remanded in custody.

Mr Hutch, who "made no reply to the charge", faced his second appearance yesterday at Cloverhill District Court.

Det Sergeant Mick Mulligan told Judge Victor Blake that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment and was deciding whether to issue a certificate for the Special Criminal Court.

A book of evidence has yet to be prepared.

Dressed in a grey shirt and black jeans, Mr Hutch remained silent during the hearing and nodded when asked if he agreed to the case being adjourned for four weeks.

His barrister Hugh O'Connor confirmed that his client consented.

Mr Hutch, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, was further remanded in custody and will face his next hearing on June 22.

Due to the nature of the charge, the district court cannot grant bail, meaning Mr Hutch will have to bring an application to the High Court to get released pending trial.

His solicitor has already said he wanted to prepare a bail application and that he would notify the prosecution.

Irish Independent

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