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Monday 11 December 2017

Gardai find abandoned car used by man on the run from murder trial

Dean Evans faces trial for the murder of Peter Butterly
Dean Evans faces trial for the murder of Peter Butterly

Gardai have found a car they believe was used by a man facing a murder charge who failed to turn up for his trial during the week.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Dean Evans (26) of Grange Park Rise, Raheny after he did not attend the court last Thursday to face trial in connection with the murder of Peter Butterly on March 6, 2013.

Evans is facing trial with co-accused Edward McGrath (35), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght; and Sharif Kelly (46), of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan.

McGrath and Kelly turned up to the Special Criminal Court last Thursday, but Detective Inspector William Hanrahan of the Special Detective Unit told the court that Evans signed on at a garda station last Sunday week in accordance with his bail conditions, but he has not signed on since.

Objections

He told the court that Evans had taken a loan of one of the family cars recently.

While Evans' family said they feared for his safety, gardai are also looking into the possibility that he has gone on the run.

Gardai have recovered the car in an undisclosed location, but the whereabouts of Evans and his girlfriend Stacey Roche are still unknown.

Evans was granted bail last summer to travel to Spain with Roche, despite objections by Gardai.

Det-Insp Hanrahan said since then he had obtained a new passport, which was now in the possession of gardai.

Peter Butterly (35), was shot dead in the Huntsman Inn's car park in Gormanston, Co Meath.

A car entered the car park and shots were fired at the

father-of-three, who attempted to flee.

He was found collapsed in a corner of the car park and was pronounced dead a short time later.

Dean Evans and Stacey Roche were friends of slain Real IRA boss Alan Ryan (32), who

was gunned down in September 2012 as he walked with pals near his mother's home in Donaghmede.

It has been reported that Evans, whose life has been under threat for years, had been living in a tent in an elderly relative's back garden with Roche.

Tattoos

Meanwhile, a new photograph of Dean Evans has been posted on Facebook by somebody known to him in recent days.

It is not clear when the picture was taken but it shows Evans smiling proudly and showing off the muscles gained from body-building.

It also shows the distinctive tattoos that cover his right arm, right hand and all the way down to his fingers.

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