This Case is getting very Interesting, Gardai have a lot of Groundwork done, and I would say there are more revelations forthcoming.

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Judge’s bail ultimatum to accused in Regency Hotel ‘hit’ case

23rd April 2021


One of three men accused of helping a gang with the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin five years ago may be granted bail if he can find an independent surety, the Special Criminal Court said yesterday.a police car parked on the side of a building© Provided by Extra.ie

Bringing his bail application, Paul Murphy, 59, appeared before the non-jury court yesterday afternoon, charged with supplying logistical support to a six-man team suspected of carrying out the murder on February 15, 2016.

He is charged with participating in or contributing to activity intending to, or being reckless as to whether such participation or contribution could, facilitate the commission of a serious offence by a criminal organisation or any of its members, to wit the murder of David Byrne, by providing access to individual motor vehicles to that criminal organisation or its members, within the State on February 5, 2016.a car parked on a city street: Bringing his bail application, Paul Murphy, 59, appeared before the non-jury court yesterday afternoon, charged with supplying logistical support to a six-man team suspected of carrying out the murder on February 15, 2016. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire© Provided by Extra.ie Bringing his bail application, Paul Murphy, 59, appeared before the non-jury court yesterday afternoon, charged with supplying logistical support to a six-man team suspected of carrying out the murder on February 15, 2016. Pic: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Detective Garda Deirdre Quinn of Clontarf Garda Station told Ms Maddie Grant BL, for the State, that the Garda objection to bail was based on the seriousness of the crime, the strength of the evidence and that there were concerns over witness intimidation.

Det. Gda Quinn said it will be alleged that Mr Murphy, a taxi driver, supplied logistical support to the crime group on the day by being part of a six-vehicle convoy involved in the murder.

Ms Grant said that Mr Murphy, who is a part-time taxi driver, had €1,000 towards bail but Det. Gda Quinn said she would not be satisfied by any bail conditions.a person posing for the camera: David Byrne was killed by a gang at Regency Hotel.© Provided by Extra.ie David Byrne was killed by a gang at Regency Hotel.

Defending barrister Mr Mark Lynam said his client met with gardaí by arrangement when he was arrested and interviewed in May 2016.

Mr Lynam said that despite the ‘dramatic and tragic’ events since the 2016 shooting that his client had remained in Swords, save for one single weekend away in Wales and that he had ‘no ties further afield’. Counsel said that Mr Murphy’s partner, who also works part-time, is also in Ireland and that his children suffered from medical issues.

Mr Lynam said that the €1,000 offered towards bail had been put together by the family and that it was ‘the extent of which he [Mr Murphy] can raise – he doesn’t have a big sum’.a person standing in front of a building: Defending barrister Mr Mark Lynam said his client met with gardaí by arrangement when he was arrested and interviewed in May 2016. Pic: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images© Provided by Extra.ie Defending barrister Mr Mark Lynam said his client met with gardaí by arrangement when he was arrested and interviewed in May 2016. Pic: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Mr Murphy, of Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, told Mr Lynam that the COVID pandemic had a large impact on his ability to earn, that he was not in a position to offer more money towards his bond, and that his children suffered from stroke and epilepsy.

Judge Tony Hunt asked if Mr Murphy had any acquaintances who could act as an independent surety and was told by the accused: ‘I keep myself to myself; it’s just me and the family.’

The judge said that the offer of €1,000 was ‘insufficient’ and that an independent surety would be required for bail to meet the risk, adding that he was reluctant to specify a figure.shoes on a tile floor: Mr Murphy, of Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, told Mr Lynam that the COVID pandemic had a large impact on his ability to earn, that he was not in a position to offer more money towards his bond, and that his children suffered from stroke and epilepsy. Pic: Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie Mr Murphy, of Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, told Mr Lynam that the COVID pandemic had a large impact on his ability to earn, that he was not in a position to offer more money towards his bond, and that his children suffered from stroke and epilepsy. Pic: Shutterstock

Mr Murphy will appear at the three-judge court on Monday alongside his two co-accused, Jason Bonney and Patrick Dowdall, when they will bring their bail applications.

Mr Bonney, 50, of Drumnigh Wood, Portmarnock, Dublin 13, is also charged with participating in or contributing to activity intending to, or being reckless as to whether such participation or contribution could, facilitate the commission of a serious offence by a criminal organisation or any of its members, to wit the murder of David Byrne, by providing access to individual motor vehicles to that criminal organisation or its members, within the State on February 5, 2016.

Mr Dowdall, 64, of the Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, is accused of the same offence by making a room available at the Regency Hotel for a criminal organisation or its members, within the State on February 4, 2016.

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