Monday 23 September 2019

Suspected Regency Hotel gunman ‘Flat Cap’ may only have three months to live

*Currently being held in prison in Northern Ireland
*Family members told he may have as little as three months to live
*May not be able to stand trial for Regency shooting

Regency Hotel and inset Kevin Murray
Regency Hotel and inset Kevin Murray Newsdesk Newsdesk

The criminal known as ‘Flat Cap’, who was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the Regency Hotel gun attack, is reportedly dying.

Kevin Murray is currently being held in a Northern Ireland prison over an extradition request for the murder of Kinahan cartel member David Byrne (34).

A source told the Irish Daily Star that Murray may have as little as three months to live and has undergone a number of neurological tests which could impact on his ability to stand trial.

“Family members have told people he has as little as three months to live. Barring a miracle, there will be no trial for him,” the source said.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the 46-year-old Tyrone man’s health was deteriorating when Belfast Recorder’s Court heard he was undergoing a number of tests.

He is due to face murder and firearm charges on foot of a European Arrest warrant ordered by the Irish Director of Public Prosecutions.

He was arrested on September 5 in Strabane, Co Tyrone in connection with the murder and has been in custody ever since.

Murray is alleged to have stayed at the Regency Hotel the night before David Byrne was gunned down at a boxing weigh-in.

However, it is now believed that there is no chance of him being extradited to Dublin to face charges due to his health.

It has been revealed that Murray is suffering from Multiple Sclerosis.

Last week, defence barrister Desmond Fahy explained that a forensic medical officer may have to assess his client’s physical fitness to stand trial.

Judge Patricia Smyth adjourned proceedings and listed the case for a further mention later this month.

Murray, a former republican prisoner, has allegedly been identified by PSNI officers and gardaí who viewed CCTV footage and photographs of the February 5 attack.

David Byrne was a key player in the Kinahan cartel and his murder was believed to be a revenge attack for the killing of Gary Hutch in Spain at the hands of the Kinahan mob in September 2015.

Days after the Regency shoot-out, Eddie Hutch Sr, brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch was shot dead in his home in the north inner city.

Since his death a number of relatives of 'The Monk' have been killed or targeted because of their family connections.

Patrick Hutch Jnr (24) of Champions Avenue in Dublin, will face trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court in January 2018 for the murder of David Byrne.

He has been further charged with possessing three AK47 assault rifles in connection with the fatal shooting.

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