Three face charges over killing of Real IRA member

Men face court as second man released from custody after questioning

Three men face charges this evening in relation to the killing of a Real IRA member in Gormanston, Co Meath, earlier this week.

Three men face charges this evening in relation to the killing of a Real IRA member in Gormanston, Co Meath, earlier this week.

Sat, Mar 9, 2013, 16:17

Three men face charges this evening in relation to the killing of a Real IRA member in Gormanston, Co Meath, earlier this week.

A second man being questioned about the matter has been released from custody. This man, in his early 40s, was released this afternoon and a file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Peter Butterly (35), a father of three from Cortown, Togher, Dunleer, Co Louth, was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn in Gormanston at about 2.30p m on March 6th while under surveillance by armed gardaí.

The three men were to appear at a special sitting of the Special Criminal Court.

After Wednesday’s killing the assailants had fled the scene in a car which was intercepted by gardaí on the Balscadden Road a short time later.

Four men were arrested. A handgun was recovered and the car was seized. A fifth man was arrested near the scene a short time later.