Dowdall move leads to trial being put back for a week

by Gazette Reporter
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A one-time councillor for Sinn Féin, Jonathan Dowdall (44) has said he is willing to testify in upcoming trials of others arising from the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra in 2016. 

Dowdall and his father Patrick (65) , both with an address on the Navan Road in Dublin, have admitted to assisting a criminal gang commit the murder on February 5, six years ago. 

Jonathan Dowdall

The development led to the dropping of a murder charge against Jonathan on Monday afternoon and resulted in the trial of three others – including Gerard ‘the Monk’ Hutch, being put back for one week following the serving of additional evidence on the defence. 

Fifty-nine year old Hutch, of the Paddocks, Clontarf was charged with the murder of David Byrne. Jason Bonne (50) of Drumnigh Wood and Paul Murphy (59) from Cherry Avenue, Swords are both accused of helping a criminal gang commit the murder by providing it with access to motor vehicles. 

The trial of these men was due to open in a separate Special Criminal Court on Monday but was adjourned following the developments with their co-accused and the service on them of additional evidence.

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