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Court told Gerard Hutch will not give evidence in murder trial

Gerard Hutch has denied murdering Kinahan Cartel member David Byrne at Dublin's Regency Hotel in Febraury 2016.
Staff reporter

THE state's case against Gerard 'The Monk' Hutch, who is accused of murdering Kinahan Cartel member David Byrne at Dublin's Regency Hotel has concluded at the Special Criminal Court.

Defence barrister Brendan Grehan SC, for Mr Hutch, told presiding judge Ms Justice Tara Burns on Tuesday that the defence are not calling any evidence on his behalf nor will his client take the stand.

Mr Hutch (59), last of The Paddocks, Clontarf, Dublin 3, denies the murder of Mr Byrne (33) during a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel on February 5, 2016.

His two co-accused - Paul Murphy (61), of Cherry Avenue, Swords, Co Dublin and Jason Bonney (52), of Drumnigh Wood, Portmarnock, Dublin 13 - have pleaded not guilty to participating in or contributing to the murder of Mr Byrne by providing access to motor vehicles on February 5, 2016.

Mr Byrne, from Crumlin, was shot at the hotel in Whitehall, Dublin 9 after five men, three disguised as armed gardaí in tactical clothing and carrying AK-47 assault rifles, entered the building, which was hosting a boxing weigh-in at the time.

The victim was shot by two of the assailants and further rounds were delivered to his head and body.

Mr Byrne died after suffering catastrophic injuries from six gunshots fired from a high-velocity weapon to the head, face, stomach, hand and legs.

At the court Mr Bonney's defence against his charge began, and an alibi witness said she saw him as he worked on a house renovation miles to the north of the hotel about 15 minutes after the attack.

Julie McGlynn, who said she has known Mr Bonney for "30-odd" years" said she spoke with him over his truck blocking the driveway to her mother's house at Newbrook Avenue before he apologised.

She said the conversation happened t around 2.50pm.

Meanwhile, Bernard Condon SC, defending Paul Murphy, said his legal team would not be calling evidence.

The trial will continue on Wednesday before Ms Justice Burns sitting with Judge Sarah Berkeley and Judge Grainne Malone, when prosecutor Sean Gillane SC will continue his cross-examination of a second defence witness called by Mr Bonney.

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