Patrick Hutch Jnr further remanded in custody

David Byrne was shot dead at Dublin’s Regency Hotel in February

Gardaí outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin following the fatal shooting of David Byrne earlier this year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Gardaí outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin following the fatal shooting of David Byrne earlier this year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

 

Patrick Hutch Jnr, who has been charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, has been further remanded in custody.

David Byrne (34), who was from Crumlin in Dublin, was shot dead during a boxing weigh-in at the popular hotel on February 5th by a gang of heavily armed raiders.

Last month, Patrick Hutch (24) of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, was charged with the murder of David Byrne and was remanded in custody.

Mr Hutch who “made no reply to the charge” faced his third appearance on Wednesday (June 22nd) at Cloverhill District Court.

Patrick Hutch – a cousin of Gareth Hutch, who was shot dead in Dublin last month, and Gary Hutch, who was killed in Spain last year – was further remanded in custody by Judge Victor Blake and will appear again in court on July 20th. It had been indicated at an earlier hearing that he could face a non-jury trial in the Special Criminal Court.

Det Sergeant Mick Mulligan has told Judge Victor Blake that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed trial on indictment and is deciding whether to issue a certificate for the Special Criminal Court.

A book of evidence has yet to be prepared.

Due to the nature of the charge, the district court cannot grant bail meaning Mr Hutch, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, will have to bring an application to the High Court to get released pending trial.