Thursday 18 January 2018

Regency Hotel murder suspect is terminally ill, court hears

Judge Patricia Smyth heard Murray is due to give a response within days to the question of whether he should be resuscitated (Stock picture)
Judge Patricia Smyth heard Murray is due to give a response within days to the question of whether he should be resuscitated (Stock picture)

Alan Erwin

A man fighting extradition over his alleged role in a gangland murder at Dublin's Regency Hotel is on end-of-life care, a court has heard.

Kevin Murray's motor neuron disease is irreversible and deteriorating at such a rapid rate that he is unlikely to ever stand trial on charges linked to the killing of David Byrne, his lawyers argued.

"The active matter under consideration now is whether he be marked not suitable for resuscitation," his barrister Desmond Fahy told a court in Belfast.

Murray (46) was detained at his home in Strabane, Co Tyrone, last September under a European Arrest Warrant issued by authorities here.

He is wanted in connection with the attack at the Regency Hotel on February 5, 2016.

Father-of-two David Byrne (34), from Crumlin, was shot dead when men dressed as Garda officers opened fire at a boxing weigh-in the hotel.

Murray is being sought over alleged offences of murder, possession of a firearm with intent, and possession of a firearm in suspicious circumstances.

Judge Patricia Smyth heard Murray is due to give a response within days to the question of whether he should be resuscitated.

"His condition is permanent and irreversible, it's the considered view of Mr Murray's treating physician there will be no recovery from the motor neuron disease," Mr Fahy told the court.

Irish Independent

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