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Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House pub in 2016

Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House pub in 2016

Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House pub in 2016

A fourth man has been charged over the murder of a bar manager who was shot dead in a Dublin pub four years ago.

Christopher Slater (36) appeared in Dublin District Court accused of killing father-of-five Michael Barr (35) in the Sunset House in the north inner city.

He was remanded in custody to next week.

Mr Slater, with an address at Carnlough Road, Cabra, is charged with murdering Mr Barr at the pub on Summerhill Parade, Ballybough, on April 25, 2016.

The victim was standing at the counter when two men wearing masks entered and one of them shot him seven times.

At the time, Mr Barr, from Co Tyrone, was the seventh victim of the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Detective Garda David Chap- man said in evidence that he arrested Mr Slater at the Bridewell garda station at 9.20pm on Tuesday for the purpose of charging him with the offence of murdering Michael Barr.

The accused made no reply to the charge after caution at 9.48pm and was handed a copy of the charge sheet.

No bail application was made on the accused's behalf as bail can only be granted at High Court level on a murder charge.

Judge Conal Gibbons re- manded Mr Slater in custody to appear in Cloverhill District Court on December 29 by way of video link.

Defence solicitor Eoghan O'Sullivan asked the judge if he could recommend that the warrant was made out to remand the accused to Mountjoy Prison instead.

Judge Gibbons refused, saying this was a matter for the prison authorities.

The judge granted free legal aid following an application by Mr O'Sullivan, who said Mr Slater was "not in receipt of any money".

The accused was not required to address the court during the brief hearing.

Convicted

Three other people have been charged and convicted in connection with the killing of Mr Barr.

Eamon Cumberton (33), of Mountjoy Street, Dublin 7, was jailed for life in 2018 at the Special Criminal Court after he was convicted of the murder.

Accomplice David Hunter (42), from Liverpool and with a previous address at Du Cane Road, White City, London, was jailed for life last month for taking part in the Kinahan cartel murder.

A third man, Martin Aylmer, was jailed for three years for helping an organised crime gang commit the murder.


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