20 Feb 19
The Irish Sun
THE famiy of slain gangster David Byrne revealed they were told “weeks ago” that charges against Patrick Hutch would be dropped.
Byrne’s mother Sadie and the dead man’s sisters had slammed the garda handling of the murder investigation inside the courtroom immediately after Judge Tony Hunt dismissed proceedings.
Sadie Byrne vented her anger outside the court
Outside, they continued to vent their anger, saying they had been told by legal sources weeks ago that the nolle prosequi would be entered.
Sadie Byrne told reporters: “Three weeks ago, I got a phone call to say this was happening. It was going around the Law Library, all the solicitors were saying he was walking.”
Mrs Byrne said she rang a garda who she claimed told her that would not happen.
She then said the garda knocked on her door earlier this week to inform her the charges were being dropped. Sadie Byrne said she had been given “nothing, no reason at all” for the nolle prosequi.
Protests took place outside the CCJ
She said: “(Det Supt) Colm Fox is dead, but he didn’t give any evidence. One day it will come out. I won’t be alive for it, but it will come out. I am sick. I can’t sleep at night, I’m awake every night.”
Asked what the family planned to do next, Mrs Byrne replied: “What can we do? Where can we go?
“The police don’t want to know. The papers don’t want to know. I was never in my trouble in my life.”
Pointing to her daughters, she added: “She was never in trouble in her life, she was never in trouble in her life. No one wants to listen to me. Nobody.”
One of David Byrne’s sisters, who declined to give her name, added: “It can’t bring my brother back, can it?”
Members of the media then asked if the Byrne family wanted the gangland feud which followed the Regency attack — which has so far cost at least 16 deaths — to end.
Members of the media questioned the Byrne family over the ongoing feud
Mrs Byrne added: “Of course we want it to end. Who wants a feud? Who wants to live like this? Who wants a feud? Who wants their child riddled? Gone to a sporting event and he doesn’t come home.”
Asked why David Byrne had been shot, Mrs Byrne said: “I’ll tell you why my David was killed because they couldn’t get who they were looking for.
“My David was running out because he thought they were police.”
When a reporter queried who the killers had been looking for, she replied: “You know who they were looking for, yiz have it all over the papers.”
One journalist then questioned whether Patrick Hutch’s life might be in danger. Sadie Byrne said: “His life’s not in danger from us.
“I want nothing to do with him, I want nothing to do with anybody any more. Of course there should be peace.”
[boxout headline=”Victims of the killer fued”]GARY HUTCH – September 24, 2015
A nephew of Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch, he was shot dead by the Kinahan cartel in Marbella, Spain. The previous year he had tried to murder gang boss Daniel Kinahan and rob him of €1million.
DARREN KEARNS – December 30, 2015
Shot after Kinahan gang mistakenly thought he and another gangland victim David Douglas were behind a botched hit on cartel associate Liam Roe.
EDDIE HUTCH SNR – February 8, 2016
Gerry Hutch’s brother was killed at his home in the first strike against the Hutch gang in retaliation for the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel.
NOEL DUGGAN – March 23, 2016
Shot dead in his car because he was friends with Gerry Hutch from his youth.
MARTIN O’ROURKE – April 14, 2016
Killed on Lower Sheriff Street in Dublin in a case of mistaken identity.
MICHAEL BARR – April 25, 2016
The Sunset House pub manager was shot dead while drinking there on a night off. He was a known dissident Republican and Hutch associate.
GARETH HUTCH – May 24, 2016
Fired on several times by two gunmen near his home at 9.30am. A minor criminal, he had helped carry the coffin at the funeral of his uncle, Eddie Hutch.
DAVID DOUGLAS – July 1, 2016
Shot outside a shop he ran with his wife in Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8. Mob boss Fat Freddie Thompson was caged for life for planning the hit.
TREVOR O’NEILL – August 17, 2016
Murdered near Magaluf. The innocent Dublin City Council worker was mistaken for a member of the Hutch family.
GLEN CLARKE – December 2, 2016
Chief suspect for the murders of innocent men Martin O’Rourke and Trevor O’Neill. Gardai believe he accidentally shot himself when examining a gun.
NOEL KIRWAN – December 21, 2016
The close friend of Gerry Hutch was shot dead outside his home simply because he knew the Dublin gangster.
JAMES GATELY – May 10, 2017
The 29-year-old friend of Gary Hutch survived after he was shot at a north Dublin petrol station. It is believed a bullet-proof vest saved his life.
MICHAEL KEOGH – May 31, 2017
Killed in the underground car park of a Dorset Street apartment complex. It is thought he may have been targeted in revenge for Gareth Hutch’s murder.
CAINE KIRWAN – December 1, 2017
Shot in the head, his body was found in Walterstown, Co. Meath. It’s thought that he was planning to avenge the murder of his father Noel.
DEREK COAKLEY-HUTCH – January 20, 2018
Shot dead while sat in a car in the Bridgeview halting site beside Cloverhill Prison. He had also carried the coffin at his uncle, Eddie Hutch’s funeral.
JASON ‘BUDA’ MOLYNEUX – January 31, 2018
A key ally of the Hutch gang, he was shot dead by Kinahan associates.
Outside the courthouse, Byrne’s family and their supporters held another impromptu press conference, holding up banners demanding justice for their slain sibling.
Unfurling a picture of David Byrne with his two children, one of his sisters said: “Patrick Hutch walks free. Where’s the justice? Where is it? Put that in your paper and print it! Now, go away!”
A man in a tracksuit behind her then said to the media: “Scumbags”, before he was shushed and moved along by David Byrne’s father, James ‘Jaws’ Byrne. This is not the Byrne family’s first dealings with court in recent months.
Sadie Byrne, her husband James, David Byrne’s brother Liam and his partner Simoan McEnroe were all named in the High Court as part of attempts by the Criminal Assets Bureau to seize more €2.5million worth of property, cash, jewellery and cars CAB has claimed are the proceeds of crime.
These include: four houses worth €2,002,914; 29 high-end vehicles worth €544,115; six designer watches worth €83,750; two rings valued at €29,970; and a bank account with €36,760 and €34,840 in cash.
The High Court has already heard Liam Byrne is a “trusted lieutenant” of Dubai-based cartel leader Daniel Kinahan and is heavily involved in drug trafficking and violent crime.
Byrne was shot dead back in 2016
In fact, Liam Byrne is viewed as such a major criminal, gardai have designated his end of the cartel the Byrne Organised Crime Group.
CAB has also told the High Court how, though not a member of the crime group, ‘Jaws’ and Sadie Byrne are “reliant on their child’s criminality for income”.
Investigators established how James Byrne was given a €35,200 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watch as a “gift”.
They believe the watch was bought in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh, by Kinahan enforcer Gerard ‘Hatchet’ Kavanagh in the months before he was murdered in Spain with his own gang’s consent on September 6, 2014.
Last July, High Court Judge Carmel Stewart ruled a house belonging to Liam Byrne in Clondalkin, Dublin, is the proceeds of crime and can be seized by CAB.
It made a similar order regarding a home owned by cartel associate Sean McGovern, who suffered leg wounds in the Regency attack, on Kildare Road in Crumlin.
Members of the Byrne family are still fighting attempts to seize the family home of slain David Byrne on Kildare Road and a house on Raleigh Square, Crumlin, which CAB says belongs to Liam Byrne.
His sister Maria, who was present today, has said the Raleigh Square property belongs to her.
Other assets already seized by CAB include a Rolex watch belonging to McGovern, a 1.53 carat platinum diamond ring and a 3.6 carat white gold diamond ring from Simoan McEnroe, plus €26,200 in cash.
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At the same hearing last July, Judge Stewart deemed LS Car Sales, a business run by Liam Byrne and McGovern, a “slush fund” for criminal activity.
She heard evidence most of the vehicles it purported to have on sale were driven by Byrne’s associates.
Forensic analysis of the company’s accounts revealed it spent €39,000 on flights and €13,000 at hotels around Dublin at a time when the business imported only one vehicle.