Where are the Keys, Who Knows, Trial Goes on, as the Monk, Hutch, Sits Quietly in the Dock, Reflecting on all being Said?

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Gardai made ‘error’ not seizing key seen in Patsy Hutch home that was gone upon return days later, Regency trial hears

  • 21:56, 9 Nov 2022
  • Updated: 21:56, 9 Nov 2022

GARDAI noted the key to a Ford vehicle hanging on a rack during a search of Patsy Hutch’s house but never seized it.

And when they returned two days later it was gone, the Special Criminal Court has heard.

Patrick Hutch Jr, ahead of the coffin of Gary Hutch as it entered Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Patrick Hutch Jr, ahead of the coffin of Gary Hutch as it entered Our Lady of Lourdes ChurchCredit: Padraig O’Reilly
Gerry Hutch has pleaded not guilty to the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel on February 5, 2016
Gerry Hutch has pleaded not guilty to the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel on February 5, 2016Credit: Paul Sharp – The Sun Dublin

Detective Sergeant Patrick O’Toole told the trial of Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch that the ”occupier” of a house at Champion’s Avenue in Dublin city couldn’t account for the key when they searched the house on February 23, 2016.

He described it as an “error” that it was not taken by officers, but when a Garda search team returned to the house on February 25 and met Patsy and his wife Catherine Hutch the key wasn’t there.

Det Sgt O’Toole said he discovered that the key of the silver Ford Transit van used by the six-man hit team who took part in the shooting dead of Kinahan cartel thug David Byrne at the Regency Hotel on February 5, 2016, had never been recovered.

The officer told prosecutor Sean Gillane: “The van which had been used by the gunmen in the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel had been burnt out.

Ring of steel as Gerry Hutch goes on trial for murder at Regency Hotel

“One of the things we were looking for was anything associated with this van.

“I made inquiries and there was no sign of any key left in the vehicle and there was the potential that this key could be found in any search that we carried out.”

Det Sgt O’Toole said Patsy Hutch, his wife Catherine and son Patrick Jnr were living in Champion’s Avenue.

Gerry Hutch, 59, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel on February 5, 2016.

His co-accused Paul Murphy, 61, of Cherry Avenue, Swords, Co Dublin, and Jason Bonney, 51, of Drumnigh Wood, Portmarnock, Dublin 13, have pleaded not guilty to participating in or contributing to the facilitation of Byrne’s murder.

Det Sgt O’Toole told the court that he went to District Court on February 25 to apply for a warrant to search the house at Champion’s Avenue.

He told the judge that the warrant was being sought in relation to the unlawful possession of firearms used in the murder of David Byrne.

He outlined that a man in a flat cap and a man dressed as a woman entered the Regency Suite in the hotel and “caused a panic” by firing shots.

Byrne was murdered after three armed men dressed as gardai entered the hotel, the officer said.

Det Sgt O’Toole added that a photojournalist took pictures of the man in the flat cap and the man dressed as a woman fleeing the scene and that Gardai identified the man dressed as a woman as Patrick Hutch Jnr.

He previously went on trial for murder but the charge was later withdrawn. Trial continues.

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