Sunday 19 January 2020

Shooting victim was linked to Mansfield hotel theft

The Sunset House and, inset, Michael Barr
The Sunset House and, inset, Michael Barr

Robin Schiller and Damien Hickey

A New IRA member shot dead as part of the Hutch/Kinahan feud was facing a charge of robbing a Mansfield family business.

Michael Barr (35) was shot dead at the Sunset House in Summerhill, Dublin on Monday.

It is believed he was targeted by members of the Kinahan cartel after they suspected him of sourcing weapons for the Regency Hotel murder.

A case of handling stolen electrical equipment against Michael Barr was formally dropped at the Special Criminal Court yesterday.

The court agreed to mark Barr's indictment with the words "accused deceased".

Barr (35), of Premier Square in Finglas, County Dublin, but originally from Tyrone, was due to be sentenced this morning for handling stolen electrical equipment at Finnstown House Hotel, Newcastle Road, Lucan, Co Dublin on July 18, 2014.

The hotel is under the directorship of the Mansfield family, and was previously owned by Jim Mansfield Snr before his death in 2014.

In November 2014, Barr had also been charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the IRA on the same date as the first offence.

However, after Barr had pleaded guilty to the handling of stolen goods, the State entered a nolle prosequi on the IRA charge, which means the case was dropped.

Barr's counsel Hugh Hartnett SC told the three-judge, non-jury court that an order would have to be made in relation to the indictment. "It should be marked accused deceased."

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Flann Brennan, made the order.

Irish Independent

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