Gardai stormed Dowdall’s home under belief Regency Hotel murder guns and explosives on site, court hears
- 19:01, 14 Nov 2022
- Updated: 19:01, 14 Nov 2022
GARDAI executed a warrant to search the home of Jonathan Dowdall straight after three AK47s were seized.
The guns were used in the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel and were seized in IRA man Shane Rowan’s car, the Special Criminal Court has heard.
Detective Inspector Patrick Boyce said he had applied for the warrant on March 4, 2016, because they believed there were firearms and explosives being held at his home on the Navan Road on behalf of the IRA.
The guns were recovered from Rowan’s car on the evening of March 9, the officer said, and the warrant was executed an hour later.
Det Insp Boyce told Mr Brendan Grehan SC, for Gerry Hutch: “At the time I got the warrant I believed that Jonathan Dowdall was in control of these weapons.”
He added that the seizure of the guns and the search at the house were “connected”.
The officer said they didn’t find any evidence in relation to the firearms but on the second day of the search they found a USB stick in the kitchen.
On it they found a video of Jonathan Dowdall and his father Patrick torturing and threatening to kill a man named Alex Hurley.
The victim was waterboarded by Jonathan, who wore a balaclava, while Patrick threatened to cut off his fingers.
Det Insp Boyce said: “Most of the threats came from Dowdall.
“The man was tied to a chair, his head was shaved and they threatened to bring him up North and have him shot.”
He told the court that they traced the man and he made a complaint.
Jonathan Dowdall was jailed for 12 years and Patrick for 10 years by the Special Criminal Court, the trial heard, but these were reduced on appeal.
Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, 59, last of the Paddocks, Clontarf, Dublin 3, 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 by providing motor vehicles for a criminal gang on February 5, 2016.
The trial continues before Ms Justice Tara Burns, Ms Justice Sarah Berkeley and Ms Grainne Malone at the Special Criminal Court.