Saturday 17 March 2018

Regency suspect 'Flat Cap' (46) dies

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

Ken Foy

Suspected Regency Hotel gunman Kevin 'Flat Cap' Murray, who died late on Wednesday night, is "highly unlikely" to receive a paramilitary funeral this weekend.

The criminal gained his nickname after he was photographed running from the hotel wearing the hat and holding a handgun in the aftermath of the murder of key gangland figure David Byrne (33) in February 2016.

Murray (46), who stayed in the hotel the night before the murder, had been diagnosed with rapidly deteriorating - and terminal - motor neurone disease.

He died at 10.50pm on Wednesday at his home in Townsend Street in Strabane, Co Tyrone.

His funeral will take place at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Strabane, at 10am tomorrow.

Extra PSNI resources are expected to be deployed.

Last night, sources said that it was not expected that he would be afforded a paramilitary funeral by his former dissident republican associates.

Murray's pal Michael Barr (35), who was shot dead as part of the capital's deadly gangland feud, had such a funeral in Strabane in May of last year.

The PSNI arrested 15 men for terrorism offences at Barr's funeral, where the cortege was flanked by dozens of men in paramilitary uniform.

Murray was arrested by armed PSNI officers at his home on September 5, 2016.

Irish Independent

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