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Saturday 10 December 2016

Murder accused has bail conditions changed for family holiday in Spain

Derek Nolan and Dean Evans
Derek Nolan and Dean Evans

A pal of slain Real IRA boss Alan Ryan who is facing a murder charge, is believed to be in Spain after being granted a change to his bail conditions by the High Court.

Dean Evans (27), of Grange Park Rise in Raheny, has been charged with two others for the 2013 murder of 35-year-old Peter Butterly, the father-of-three who was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn pub in Gormanston, Co Meath, on March 6, 2013.

Evans went to the High Court to have his bail conditions changed to allow him to travel to Spain on holidays with his family.

The application was opposed by gardai who argued that the strength of evidence against him and the seriousness of the crime made him a potential flight risk.

Evans was successful in his application however, but the costs of the application were awarded against him. He is understood to have flown to Spain on Monday and is due back in Ireland later this month.

The 55-day long trial of Evans and his co-accused collapsed at the Special Criminal Court in January last year after a failure in evidence disclosure.

The court delivered its ruling after the disclosure of previously privileged material contained in a statement given in July 2013 by witness David Cullen to gardai­.

Witness

Cullen (30), with a last address in Balbriggan, was allegedly part of the murder plan but turned State's witness against his former co-accused Evans, as well as Edward McGrath (33), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, and Sharif Kelly (44), of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan.

They had pleaded not guilty to murdering Butterly.

Evans and McGrath also pleaded not guilty to the unlawful possession of a 9mm semi-automatic pistol and seven rounds of 9mm parabellum calibre ammunition on the same date.

The pair also pleaded not guilty to intent to endanger life at the car park of The Huntsman Inn on the same date.

A retrial was ordered for January 2017, and Mr Justice Michael Moriarty said "justice demands" that bail be granted to Evans until then.

He was granted bail under certain conditions but in last week's application had those conditions altered to allow him to travel abroad.

Last year, the Herald reported how Evans posted the words "Shoot to kill" online along with a photo of himself and another man posing with replica guns.

He uploaded the image to his Facebook page and appears in the picture with Baldoyle man Derek Nolan (32).

Both men are under threat of death from the drugs mob who murdered their close friend Alan Ryan in September 2012.

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