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Sunday 25 September 2016

Mansfield hotel charges dropped for feud victim

Michael Barr
Michael Barr
Finnstown House hotel

The "New IRA" member shot dead as part of the Hutch/Kinahan feud has had robbery charges against him formally dropped.

Michael Barr (35) was murdered at the Sunset House in Summerhill, Dublin 1 on Monday evening.

Barr (35), of Premier Square in Finglas, Co Dublin, but originally from Tyrone, was due to be sentenced yesterday for handling stolen electrical equipment at Finnstown House Hotel, Lucan, Co Dublin on July 18, 2014.

Raided

The hotel is under the directorship of the Mansfield family, and was previously owned by Jim Mansfield Snr before his death in 2014.

The Finnstown House Hotel was raided by two masked gunmen last year.

A night porter was tied up during that incident on October 27.

The staff member was not injured during the robbery, and the raiders eventually fled with €6,000 in cash. Gardai in Lucan are investigating the incident.

In November 2014, Barr had also been charged with membership of an unlawful organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Oglaigh na hEireann, on the same date as the first offence.

However, after Barr pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods, the State entered a nolle prosequi on the IRA charge, which meant the charge was dropped.

It's believed Barr was murdered by the Kinahan cartel because they suspected him of sourcing weapons for the Regency Hotel murder.

Automatic

On February 5, Kinahan lieutenant David Byrne (33) was shot dead when five gunmen, three armed with automatic weapons, stormed the hotel.

Yesterday, a case of handling stolen electrical equipment against Michael Barr was formally dropped at the Special Criminal Court.

The court agreed to mark Barr's indictment with the words "accused deceased".

Mr Justice Paul Butler, presiding with Judge Alison Lindsay and Judge Flann Brennan, made the order.

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