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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Armed cops raid home of Regency Hotel murder suspect

Regency victim David Byrne
Regency victim David Byrne

Gardai have raided the home of a 24-year-old criminal suspected of being one of the disguised gunmen in the Regency Hotel attack.

The north inner city thug has been on the run from officers for more than a year in relation to separate burglary charges.

Armed officers from Mountjoy Garda Station received information that he was back in his home but when they stormed it late on Saturday night, the criminal was not there.

No arrests were made in the operation and the suspect still remains at large.

He was released from custody last year but he failed to reside at a named address as part of his post-release conditions and then fled.

The suspect was quickly blamed by the Kinahan mob for being involved in the attack.

Revenge

He was also nominated for the attempted murders of cartel figures Liam Roe and Liam Byrne at the Red Cow Hotel on November 6, 2015.

This was viewed as a revenge attack in relation to the murder of the thug's very close associate Gary Hutch who had been killed in a double-cross by the cartel in Spain only weeks earlier.

The violent hood is also a suspect in the cartel-sanctioned murder of their former associate Paul Kavanagh in Drumcondra, Dublin in March, 2015.

Despite his young age the wanted man is considered to be a leading member of the Hutch organised crime gang.

A five-man hit team was involved in the Regency Hotel attack on February 5, 2016 during which gangland criminal David Byrne (33) was shot dead and two other men were injured.

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