Man wanted for murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly detained in Spain

Man wanted for murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly detained in Spain
Peter Butterly.

By Diarmaid Mac Dermott

A Dublin man wanted for the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly five years ago has been detained in Spain.

A warrant for the arrest of Dean Evans was issued by the Special Criminal Court last year after he failed to turn up for his trial.

He has been arrested by Spanish police and is due to face a European Arrest Warrant seeking his return to Ireland.

Evans (27), of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, was due to stand trial for the murder of the 35-year-old father of two but failed to turn up in court in January 2017.

Peter Butterly was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn, Gormanston, Co Meath around 2pm on March 6th, 2013

Last April, two Dublin men were found guilty at the Special Criminal Court of murdering Mr Butterly.

Four men were originally charged with the murder. One of the men, David Cullen, subsequently turned State witness and his murder charge was dropped.

Edward McGrath (35), of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght and Sharif Kelly (47), of Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan were sentenced to life in prison for the murder.

The court heard that the men were arrested by gardaí after a "callous, brutal and premeditated murder, both performing their assigned roles".

McGrath, wearing a disguise of a black wig, had driven a stolen silver Toyota Corolla to the Huntsman Inn carpark. It was alleged that Dean Evans was a passenger in the back of the car, behind the driver's seat, and that he shot Mr Butterly.

McGrath then drove the Corolla away from the carpark and up Flemington Road. He stopped the car in a laneway where the car was to be destroyed.

Further back the road, Sharif Kelly was in a green Opel Zafira. Clothes with Mr Evans' DNA were found in the boot of the car.

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