Former Councilor Sinn Fein Becomes Key Prosecution Witness in Gangland Murder Trial


Murdered journalist Veronica Guerin accused of ordering attack gang called ‘The Monks’

Former Councilor of Sinn Fine is the lead prosecutor in the trial of alleged Irish gang boss Jerry Hatch, who was accused of ordering a murderous attack at a boxing press conference in Dublin in 2016. Be a witness on your side.

On September 28, Jonathan Dowdall, 44, and his father, Patrick, 65, pleaded guilty to facilitating the murder of David Byrne on February 5, 2016 at the Regency Hotel in the Irish capital.

hatch known as “Monk” Since the journalist’s murder Veronica Guerin Arrested in Spain in August 2021 and extradited to Ireland.

Hatch, 59, is set to go on trial Monday in a special criminal court (without a jury) alongside Paul Murphy, 60, who was charged with providing logistical assistance to the killer, and Jason Bonney, 51, who was charged. was. By providing a getaway car.

However, the trial was postponed for a week at the request of the public prosecutor.

Dowdall’s attorney Michael O’Higgins told the court on Monday that his client had given Garda Siochana “material assistance” and was willing to appear as an indictment witness in the Hutch trial, in return for which he client said he should be sentenced to less than five sentences. years in prison.

“His life…is effectively over.”

Dowdall is understood to have participated in the Irish Witness Protection Program, and O’Higgins said in court: Every time he converses with a stranger, he must be reminded to be cautious. “

Kinahan fighters Jamie Kavanagh and Antonio Joan weigh in for their WBO European title fight, 33, when six gunmen dressed as police officers and armed with AK-47 assault rifles attack Daniel Kinahan’s associates. The year old Byrne was shot and killed by a bento.

The court heard that Byrne had been shot six times in “execution-style murders.”

Dowdal and his father reserved a room at the Regency Hotel to make it available to militants.

Patrick Dowdall’s attorney said it was a “catastrophic error of judgment” on his part.

The attack was originally claimed by the Continuity IRA, but was later denied.

It is believed that Kinahan, who had flown in from Spain for the match, was targeted, but managed to escape.

Hatch’s nephew, Patrick Hatch, 24, was initially charged with Byrne’s murder, but after the senior investigator in the case, Detective Colm Fox, shot himself at Dublin Police Station, his death was denied. The trial collapsed in 2019.

At least 16 people have been killed in reprisal attacks blamed on the so-called Hutch-Kinahan feud following the shooting at the Regency Hotel.

The attack on the Regency Hotel is said to be a revenge attack by Jerry Hatch after his nephew Gary was shot dead in Spain in September 2015.

Daniel Kinahan Wanted Poster
A wanted poster hangs in Dublin City Hall on April 12, 2022, showing the US government’s $5 million bounty for the arrest of Daniel Kinahan and his associates. (Niall Carson/PA).

Kinahan is believed to be living in Dubai, where the United Arab Emirates froze his assets in April. U.S. Treasury Department It announced sanctions against what it called the Kinahan Organized Crime Group and rewards of $5 million each for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Kinahan and several others.

Kinahan is a friend of British world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and publicly thanked him for his efforts to put together a lucrative fight with Anthony Joshua in June 2020.

MTK Global, the boxing promotions company associated with Kinahan, ceased operations in April 2022.

Judge Tony Hunt, one of a panel of three judges, said Dowdall and his father will be sentenced on Oct. 17.

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Chris Summers


Chris Summers is a UK-based journalist with a wide range of national coverage, with a particular interest in crime, police and law.