A former Sinn Féin councilor handed over hotel room key cards to a criminal later involved in the gang murder of David Byrne, a court has heard.
Onathan Dowdall, 44, was involved in handing over the keys after his father Patrick Dowdall, 65, booked a room at Dublin’s Regency Hotel the day before Mr Byrne was shot dead by gunmen.
At a sentencing hearing today, their lawyers said the couple did not know how to use the room, Patrick Dowdall committed a “catastrophic misjudgment” and that his son was the “author of his own misfortune”.
The father and son were brought before the Special Criminal Court under heightened security this morning after pleading guilty to facilitating the 2016 Regency raid last week.
The court has also heard that Jonathan Dowdall will now be available to testify for the prosecution in the forthcoming trial of Gerard ‘The Monk’ Hutch and two other men charged in the Regency shooting.
The Dowdalls’ sentencing hearing continues in the three-judge court.
The father and son, from Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin, both pleaded guilty to facilitating the murder of Mr Byrne on 5 February 2016 by renting a hotel room to a criminal organization or its members the day before the attack had provided.
David Byrne, 34, was shot dead in the lobby when armed, masked men dressed as Garda ERU members stormed the building and opened fire during a boxing weigh-in event.
Mr Byrne, a father of two to Crumlin and a member of the Kinahan gang, died after being shot at six times.
His murder sparked the ongoing feud between Kinahan and Hutch.
Jonathan Dowdall was originally charged with murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge last week.
Before their guilty plea, the Dowdalls were due to appear in court this afternoon along with three other men.
Gerard “The Monk” Hutch, 58, of The Paddocks, Clontarf, Dublin, is charged with the murder of David Byrne.
Paul Murphy, 59, of Cabra Road, and Jason Bonney, 50, of Drumnigh Wood, Portmarnock, are accused of facilitating the murder by providing vehicle access to the criminal organization that committed it on 5 February 2016.
https://www.independent.ie/news/former-sinn-fein-councillor-jonathan-dowdall-handed-hotel-room-key-to-criminal-who-took-part-in-the-murder-of-david-byrne-court-hears-42035592.html Former Sinn Féin councilor Jonathan Dowdall gave the hotel room key to a criminal involved in the killing of David Byrne, the court has said