Patrick Hutch may face non-jury trial over David Byrne murder

24-year-old further remanded in custody over death at Regency Hotel in February

Patrick Hutch  appeared  at Cloverhill District Court in connection with Regency Hotel murder.  File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Patrick Hutch appeared at Cloverhill District Court in connection with Regency Hotel murder. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

 

Patrick Hutch (24), who has been charged with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, could face a non-jury trial in the Special Criminal Court.

David Byrne (34) was shot dead during a boxing weigh-in at the hotel on February 5th.

On May 18th, Patrick Hutch of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, was before Dublin District Courtcharged with the murder of David Byrne and was remanded in custody.

Mr Hutch who “made no reply to the charge” appeared for a second time on Wednesday at Cloverhill District Court.

Det Sergeant Mick Mulligan 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.

Dressed in a grey shirt and black jeans, Mr Hutch remained silent during the hearing and nodded when asked if he agreed to the case being adjourned for four weeks. His barrister Hugh O’Connor confirmed his client consented.

Mr Hutch, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, was further remanded in custody and will face his next hearing on June 22nd next.

Due to the nature of the charge the District Court cannot grant bail, meaning Mr Hutch will have to bring an application to the High Court to get released pending trial. His solicitor has already said he wanted to prepare a bail application and he would notify the prosecution.