The Trial of the Decade Begins; /barrister Sean Gillane, outlines the Case, Against the Monk, for the State?

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Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch trial LIVE: ‘Gangland court case of the decade’ begins

Gerry Hutch, 59, will stand trial over the killing of Kinahan associate David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin

Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch
Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch (Image: Collins)

Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch pleaded not guilty to the murder of Kinahan associate David Byrne as his trial got under way on Tuesday.

Mr Hutch, 59, is standing trial for the killing – in what is expected to be the gangland court case of the decade.

He was arraigned at the start of proceedings shortly after 11am and formally entered a not guilty plea, signalling the start of his trial which is expected to last up to 12 weeks.

The case will hear details of how Byrne, 34, was shot dead at a boxing weigh-in at the North Dublin hotel on February 5, 2016. The incident is alleged to have been an attempt by the Hutch gang to murder top target Daniel Kinahan, 45.

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Prosecuting Counsel Sean Gillane SC has just stated that the State is alleging that the attack at the Regency Hotel was carried out by a group of people “of which Mr Hutch was one.”

It is also alleged that Jonathan Dowdall met with Gerry Hutch in a park in Whitehall Dublin, and discussed the publication of a photo of the gunmen dressed as gardai going into the Regency Hotel.

And during that conversation it is alleged that Gerry Hutch said that “they had carried out a murder and that he had been one of the team that shot David Byrne in the Regency.”

There will be tight Garda security at the court for the trial, which may last into the new year. If convicted, Hutch faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

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