Regency Hotel shooting trial adjourned for further three weeks

Adjournment to allow for analysis of electronic data from Colm Fox death inquiry

Det Supt Fox was found dead on the evening of February 10th in his office at Ballymun Garda station. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Det Supt Fox was found dead on the evening of February 10th in his office at Ballymun Garda station. Photograph: Dave Meehan

 

The Regency Hotel shooting trial has been adjourned for a further three weeks to allow for the analysis of electronic data as part of an inquiry into the death of the lead investigating Garda in the case.

The adjournment is to give the defence time to read an interim report into the death of Det Supt Colm Fox.

The Special Criminal Court also heard on Monday that the final report will be completed by the end of September.

Det Supt Fox was found dead on the evening of February 10th in his office at Ballymun Garda station. The trial was stalled at the time over the disclosure by the prosecution of emails between four gardaí.

Patrick Hutch (25) of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of David Byrne (34) at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on February 5th 2016.

Assault rifles

He also denies possessing three AK47 assault rifles in connection with the shooting.

Senior prosecuting counsel Sean Gillane SC told the court yesterday that the inquiry into the circumstances, causes and consequences of Det Supt Fox’s death was at a very advanced stage.

However, he said there were some outstanding matters in relation to a mobile phone, two USB devices and a laptop and investigators needed assistance to get access to this mobile phone from external sources.