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Six week wait for book of evidence for three charged in Peter Butterly fatal shooting

A BOOK of evidence will be served in June on three Dublin men charged in connection with the fatal shooting of dissident republican Peter Butterly in Co Meath last month, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Butterly, a 35-year-old father of two, was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, on March 6th.

Edward Mc Grath (31), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dean Evans (22), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, and David Cullen (28), of Brackenwood Ave, Balbriggan, were charged in connection with the shooting at a special weekend sitting of the non-jury court.

Mr Evans and Mr Mc Grath are each charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol and seven rounds of ammunition with intent to endanger life at the car park of The Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath on March 6th, 2013.

They are also each charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann on the same date.

David Cullen is charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm calibre Beretta model 9000s semi-automatic pistol at Gormanston, Co Meath on March 6th.

Mr Vincent Heneghan BL told the court that the State was seeking a six-week adjournment for service of the book of the evidence as the investigation was ongoing and there were a lot of matters to be dealt with.

Lawyers for the accused men had objected to the adjournment and sought a shorter timeframe for service of the book of evidence.

Detective Sergeant Liam Archbold told Mr Heneghan that gardai had made 11 arrests, conducted 20 searches and taken over 300 statements in the course of the investigation, which had so far generated over 700 separate tasks.

He told the court that gardai should have a book prepared in six weeks time.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler said the court was conscious of the fact that the three accused men were in custody and that everything should be done to expedite matters because of this.

However, he said in the circumstances it seemed that the prosecution were acting to have the matter duly dispatched and that a six week adjournment was a reasonable period to prepare a book.

Mr Justice Butler remanded the accused men in custody to appear before the court again on June 11th

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