Patrick Hutch is further remanded in custody

Patrick Hutch Jr, who is accused of the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin, has been further remanded in custody pending the preparation of a book of evidence.

David Byrne, aged 34, from Crumlin in Dublin, was shot dead during a boxing weigh-in at the popular hotel on February 5 by a gang of heavily armed raiders.

In May, Patrick Hutch, aged 24, of Champions Avenue, Dublin 1, was charged with the murder of David Byrne and was remanded in custody.

Mr Hutch, who “made no reply to the charge” faced his seventh court appearance on yesterday.

Det Sgt Mick Mulligan told Judge Conal Gibbons at Cloverhill District Court that the DPP has directed trial on indictment.

An adjournment was sought to allow time for the book of evidence to be completed.

Patrick Hutch Jr, dressed in a red and grey top and jeans, was further remanded in custody to appear again on September 28.

At an earlier stage in the proceedings it had been indicated that he could face a non-jury trial in the Special Criminal Court.

Det Sgt Mick Mulligan has already told the court that the DPP was deciding whether to issue a certificate for the Special Criminal Court.

Due to the nature of the charge the district court cannot grant bail, meaning Mr Hutch, who has not yet indicated how he will plead, will have to bring an application to the High Court to get released pending trial.


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