Friday 15 December 2017

'Flatcap' hitman took weapons north after brutal Regency murder

Freddie Thompson and Daniel Kinahan attending the funeral of Regency Hotel murder victim David Byrne
Freddie Thompson and Daniel Kinahan attending the funeral of Regency Hotel murder victim David Byrne
The ‘flatcap’ gunman and his accomplice flee the murder scene at the Regency in Drumcondra

Gardai believe that the Regency Hotel gunman - who has been nicknamed 'Flat Cap' - took the AK-47s used in the murder across the border in a bag.

CCTV images collated by gardai show the hitman fleeing with a large bag after he was collected by a waiting getaway car following the shocking attack in the crowded north Dublin hotel on Friday, February 5.

The criminal, who was pictured wearing a flat cap as he fled the Regency Hotel following the shooting, is a suspected dissident repub- lican from Northern Ireland, who has had lengthy ties with organised crime gangs in the south.


The 56-year-old, from Co Tyrone, has a number of previous convictions in the North and was photographed armed with a handgun.

Gardai are satisfied that the individual was in the hotel during the boxing weigh-in accompanied by another gunman dressed as a woman.

The 'couple' even asked a kitchen porter for directions when they were entering the hotel.

The Northern Ireland native was the only gunman not disguised in a wig or wearing a balaclava, with sources revealing that this may have been due to the fact that none of the Kinahan gang members knew his identity prior to the shooting.

However, the suspected shooter's name has now been circulating in the underworld and he has tried to go underground in fear of his life.

The suspect fled across the border in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, when up to six vehicles, including a number of taxis, were used to ferry the hit team from a location near the Regency Hotel where they had torched the van used in the attack. The silver Ford Transit van was set on fire by the gang at the Charlemont housing estate in Marino.

Kinahan cartel drug dealer David Byrne (34) was gunned down by members of the hit squad at the hotel. The father-of-two was shot in the head at point-blank range during the raid that also saw Sean McGovern (30) receive bullet wounds to the stomach.

Aaron Bugler (25), who was also shot, is still recovering in hospital.

News of how the AK-47s were smuggled across the border following the attack comes as the gang war between the Kinahan cartel and the Hutch mob shows no sign of abating.

A grim warning has been issued by a major criminal, believed to be one of three gunmen disguised as gardai, who said the feud won't stop until Daniel Kinahan is dead.


Kinahan, the son of cartel boss Christy Kinahan Snr, was the target of the Regency attack but escaped unharmed.

The chilling threat stands in contrast to the statement the Hutch family issued after the funeral of Eddie Hutch Snr, calling "on everybody for this cycle of violence to stop - and to stop now".

The Herald can reveal that Daniel and his brother Christopher Jnr, as well as David Byrne's thuggish older brother Liam, have all left Dublin and are currently based in London where they are believed to be plotting their next move.

"They flew out to London City Airport a number of days ago, and things are calmer now they're not in Dublin," a source said.

Detectives are concerned by the "hardened" attitude displayed by members of the mob connected to slain Gary Hutch, despite this week's series of raids on the gang at 11 locations in the capital.

The notorious criminal who issued the threats against Daniel Kinahan is a feared hitman who is suspected of carrying out the murder of Paul Kavanagh last year, as of Eamon 'The Don' Dunne in 2010, on behalf of the Kinahan cartel.

However, he cut all ties with the gang after the murder of his close pal, Gary Hutch, and is now their sworn enemy.

Sources revealed that the hitman refused to attend a number of meetings which the cartel attempted to organise with him because he was "disgusted and heart- broken" about what had happened to his pal.

Of major concern is that up to 40 of the killer's associates are of the same frame of mind.

It is understood that the Dublin criminal, who is aged in his early 30s, is now based in the Coolock area.

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