Jeep linked to man accused of involvement in the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel was seen at the compound near the hotel minutes before the attack, the court hears

A JEEP linked to a man accused of assisting in the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel was seen minutes before the attack in a CCTV parking lot on the GAA compound near the hotel, as the special criminal court heard.

The BMW X5 allegedly linked to Jason Bonney was seen parked in a spot used by vehicles involved in the raid before a “flat-topped man” ran towards it and got in after the shooting, prosecutors allege .

The Special Criminal Court heard that one of the gunmen – the late Kevin Murray – wore a flat cap during the Regency raid.

The admissibility of the video footage is being challenged by Mr Bonney’s defence.

The evidence continued in the three-judge court without a jury, where Gerard “The Monk” Hutch, 59, is on trial along with Mr Bonney and another man, Paul Murphy, for the gangland murder.

Mr Byrne, 33, a member of the Kinahan gang, was shot dead as three masked gunmen disguised as ERU-Gardai with assault rifles entered the hotel along with a gunman dressed as a woman with a blonde wig and another with Flat cap stormed .

The February 5, 2016 attack on a boxing weigh-in event came as a bloody feud raged between the capital’s Kinahan and Hutch gangs.

Mr Hutch, 59, from The Paddocks, Clontarf, Dublin denies murdering the father of two.

Mr Murphy, 59, of Cherry Avenue, Swords, and Mr Bonney, 50, of Drumnigh Wood, Portmarnock, deny facilitating the murder by giving the criminal organization who carried it out access to vehicles.

Today, Garda Michelle Purcell continued to lead the court through video of the movements of a BMW X5 in north Dublin on the afternoon of February 5, 2016.

Yesterday Prosecutor Sean Gillane said it was the state’s case that Mr Bonney boarded that jeep earlier in Drumnigh Wood, Portmarnock. The evidence is being challenged by Mr Bonney’s defense, his attorney, John Fitzgerald SC, said.

Gda Purcell said the BMW could be seen in footage driving through Raheny before passing the Beachcomber Pub in Killester at 1.42pm that day. It can be seen turning right off Malahide Road into Casino Park leading to the GAA Club St Vincent where it parks at 2.05pm. The court had previously heard that prosecutors are keeping vehicles involved in the attack parked on the premises of this club.

It was also heard earlier that David Byrne was shot dead at the hotel at 2.32pm, the gunmen left minutes later.

About 35 minutes after the BMW parked, at 2:40 p.m., six people ran down the lane, including a man in a wig pulling a suitcase and a person in a neon jacket. The third person has a flat cap and is carrying a bag, Gda Purcell said.

“He puts it in the rear passenger seat of the BMW, he gets in the front seat and they drive off,” she continued.

A minute later the BMW turns left out of Casino Park towards Donnycarney Church while a taxi exits and turns right.

The BMW then drives through Artane and is seen on Tonlegee Road at 2.56pm. The next sighting shown to the court was at 3.46pm at Hole in The Wall Road, Donaghmede and arriving at Drumnigh Wood, Portmarnock at 3.55pm, the driver gets out and walks towards a house.

The trial, which began Tuesday, will continue before Ms Justice Tara Burns, Judge Sarah Berkeley and Judge Grainne Malone.

It was due to open earlier this month but was delayed after co-defendant Jonathan Dowdall pleaded guilty to facilitating the 2016 murder and made himself available as a state witness.

On Monday, former Sinn Fein councilman Dowdall, 44, and his father Patrick Dowdall, 65, became the first people to be convicted and sentenced in the Regency attack. They admitted to having given the perpetrators a room in the hotel.

Jonathan Dowdall was sentenced to four years in prison and his father to two years.

Gerard Hutch was brought back to Ireland from Spain to stand trial here in September 2021 after losing a final appeal against his extradition.

He was arrested by the Guardia Civil on the Costa del Sol in August last year on the basis of a warrant issued in Ireland and has been held in custody ever since. Jeep linked to man accused of involvement in the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel was seen at the compound near the hotel minutes before the attack, the court hears

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