Jonathan Dowdall allowed to give evidence against Gerry ‘the Monk’ Hutch at Regency Hotel murder trial

Jonathan Dowdall should be allowed to testify against Gerry ‘The Monk’ Hutch, who is charged with murder at the Regency Hotel, the Special Criminal Court has ruled.

he former Sinn Féin council member may be called as a witness for the prosecution after the three-judge court ruled that his testimony and testimony are admissible.

However, the court has not heard when Dowdall will be available for testimony.

The 44-year-old had also originally been charged with the murder of David Byrne in the Regency, but before the trial began he instead pleaded guilty to a lesser offense and stood as a state witness against Mr Hutch.

Ms Judge Tara Burns said today there was no “fundamental injustice” in the circumstances in which Dowdall gave his testimony and the court will hear his evidence.

She said his testimony was not given in exchange for his murder charge being dropped, as had been alleged by Mr Hutch’s defence.

Before he testifies, however, the court needs to know whether Dowdall was placed in the witness protection program. Ms Justice Burns said she was “surprised” that this information was not yet available.

She said it was “not good enough” that prosecutors had been placed in that position by the relevant agency and adjourned the case until tomorrow for more information on his witness protection status.

The defense had objected to Dowdall’s evidence, arguing that it would be “tainted” by dropping his murder charge in a “quid pro quo.”

Prosecutors said everything that was done regarding Dowdall was “overboard” and that the court had a right to “hear every man’s evidence”.

Mr Hutch, 59, of The Paddocks, Clontarf denies the murder of David Byrne, 33, a member of the Kinahan gang, who was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in Dublin on 5 February 2016.

Mr Byrne was killed after five armed attackers, three of them with assault rifles and disguised as Emergency Response Unit gardai, stormed the hotel during a box-weigh event, in an attack that fueled the bloody feud between Kinahan and Hutch.

Also on trial are Paul Murphy, 61, of Cherry Avenue, Swords and Jason Bonney, 51, of Drumnigh Wood, Portmarnock, Dublin, who deny helping the perpetrators by providing cars.

Dowdall is serving a four-year sentence for facilitating the murder by helping his father, Patrick Dowdall, book a room at the Regency for a criminal organization the night before the attack.

Last Friday the court ruled on permissible recordings of conversations between Mr Hutch and Jonathan Dowdall as they drove north at the Regency a month after the shooting.

Ms Justice Burns said in that judgment that although around eight hours of audio evidence was illegally recorded by Gardaí in Northern Ireland, anything could be used as evidence in the interests of justice.

The court has heard Dowdall claim in his Garda statement that Mr Hutch confessed to him his direct involvement in the murder when the pair allegedly met in a park days after the Regency attack.

The second main allegation made by Dowdall is that after his father, Patrick Dowdall, booked a room at the Regency the night before the murder, it was Mr Hutch that his father gave the keys to.

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