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Thursday 8 December 2016

Trial date over Regency Hotel killing set for 2018

Patrick Hutch Jnr will go on trial for murder in January 2018
Patrick Hutch Jnr will go on trial for murder in January 2018

A man accused of a gun murder at the Regency Hotel in Dublin is not expected to face trial for another 14 months.

Dublin man Patrick Hutch Jnr will go on trial at the non-jury Special Criminal Court in January 2018, for the murder of David Byrne last February.

David Byrne (34) from Crumlin in Dublin was shot dead during a boxing weigh-in at the hotel on February 5 by a gang of heavily armed raiders.

In May, Patrick Hutch (24) of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, was charged with the murder of Mr Byrne. Later, he was further charged with possessing three AK47 assault rifles in connection with the fatal shooting.

The two newer charges, under the Firearms Act, allege that he unlawfully possessed three assault rifles and had them with intent to endanger life at the Regency Hotel on February 5 last.

Fixed

At yesterday's brief hearing, Michael O'Higgins SC, for Mr Hutch, told the court that his client was seeking a trial date in January 2018.

Mr Justice Tony Hunt, presiding, with Judge Martin Nolan and Judge Cormac Dunne, fixed a date of January 11, 2018.

He added that he did not want to hear any criticism of backlog at the court.

Mr Justice Hunt also said that he wanted to make it publicly clear that the date had nothing to do with the court and that an earlier date could be granted.

Mr O'Higgins said the defence was satisfied with a date in January 2018.

The trial is expected to last three to four weeks.

Mr Hutch was remanded in custody until his trial date.

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