Sunday 24 March 2019

Young criminal loyal to David Byrne being monitored amid fears of revenge attack after Regency trial collapse

Gunned down: Regency Hotel murder victim David Byrne
Gunned down: Regency Hotel murder victim David Byrne

Ken Foy

GARDAI are monitoring the activities of a man who they suspect could drive the Kinahans’ campaign against the Hutch mob.

The development comes after Regency Hotel murder accused Patrick Hutch walked free from court on Wednesday.

The Crumlin-based drug dealer, who is aged in his 20s, is said to be completely loyal to murder victim David Byrne’s faction and is thought to have the “money and the clout” to add to the feud’s murder count.

Late last year, undercover officers seized a revolver linked to the thug, who is said to be “short of brainpower”, and other investigations into him are “alive and active”, according to sources.

He is loyal to crime boss Liam Byrne and is suspected of having been involved in criminality since he was a juvenile.

The thug was also present during the Regency Hotel shooting and was a mourner at David Byrne’s funeral two weeks later.

The mobster and a dozen other young criminals have been on the garda’s radar for several years.

They began their involvement with the crime gang by ferrying drugs around the Dublin 12 area on specially bought mopeds.

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Sources say the young thug and his associates have also been flown to Las Vegas for Conor McGregor fights with some of the cartel’s most senior members.

The trips cost tens of thousands of euro and would later feature in a Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) investigation into the crime group.

Independent.ie previously revealed that the drug dealer was arrested as part of a major operation by Sundrive Road gardai, who found around €2,500 of crack cocaine and heroin when they carried out two simultaneous raids on properties in the Lissadel area of Drimnagh.

In the aftermath of the Regency bloodbath, the young gang were seen as “up-and-coming criminals” in the Dublin 12 area, with members also described as “young lieutenants” of key associates.

At least six of the group, who are all aged in their late teens or early 20s, were present at the Regency when a five-man hit squad armed with handguns and automatic weapons entered the hotel and opened fire.

Another close associate of the mobster is a hood in his early 20s from the Dublin 8 area, who was in the company of Liam Roe and Liam Byrne in the immediate aftermath of the Regency attack.

His car was also among a fleet of vehicles seized in a CAB led operation earlier this year which targeted the finances of the Kinahan cartel.

Among the items recovered in the €1m seizure were over 30 luxury vehicles, a betting slip worth €38,000 and a number of expensive watches.

Sports memorabilia, including a pair of boots signed by a Liverpool footballer with a personal message to a gangland criminal, were also found but not seized.

“They were always known in the area for minor offences,” the source told Independent.ie.

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