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Monday 25 September 2017

Four face Special Court charged over pub gun murder of young dad

Laurence Murphy
Laurence Murphy
Frank Murphy

Four men were brought before the Special Criminal Court yesterday charged in connection with the murder of a father-of-two outside a pub four years ago.

Peter Butterly (35) was shot dead at the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath.

Four men appeared in court following early morning arrests yesterday in Dublin, Cavan and Meath.

Ammunition

Frank Murphy (58), of McDonagh Caravan Park, Triton Road, Bettystown, Co Meath, was charged with the murder of Mr Butterly, membership of the IRA, possessing a 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol and ammunition to commit murder in 2013.

When the charges were read to him in court, he replied: "All bulls**t, all lies."

The court heard that, when accused at his address of membership, as well as gun and ammunition possession, Murphy replied: "I am not a member of the IRA."

The court was also told that, when the charges were read to him in the confines of the court, after the murder charge was put to him, he had replied: "All rubbish. All lies."

His older brother, Laurence Murphy (60), who also lives at the caravan park, was charged with membership of the IRA and said "not guilty, deny everything" when the allegation was put to him in court. The court heard that, when charged at his address, Laurence Murphy answered: "This is rubbish."

When the charges were later read to him in court, he said: "Not guilty. Deny everything."

A third man, Michael McDermott (60), of Riverdale House, Garrymore, Ballinagh, Co Cavan, was charged with the murder of Mr Butterly, membership of the IRA, possession of a 9mm Beretta and ammunition to commit murder.

He made no reply when charged.

A fourth man, 37-year-old Ray Kennedy, of Whitestown Drive, Blanchardstown, Dublin, was charged with being a member of the IRA.

Warrants

He made no reply when charged and did not stand up or identify himself in court when requested.

All four were remanded in custody to appear before the Special Criminal Court again next Thursday.

Counsel for each of the accused asked the arresting gardai if warrants had been issued prior to detention.

They were told in reply that there had been no warrants.

Mr Butterly was shot several times in the car park outside the Huntsman on March 6, 2013, and died of his wounds.

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