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Tyrone man in court over Dublin gang shooting of David Byrne at boxing weigh-in

By Allan Preston

Published 06/09/2016

Shooter: the flat-capped gunman
Shooter: the flat-capped gunman
A Garda cordon outside the Regency Hotel in Dublin in February. PA

A Co Tyrone man has been arrested in connection with a notorious gangland murder in Dublin's Regency Hotel.

The 46-year-old was arrested in Strabane yesterday and will appear before Belfast Recorder's court this morning.

A PSNI spokesman said he was arrested "by virtue of a European Arrest Warrant held by authorities in the Republic of Ireland for the offence of murder and firearms offences".

On February 5, David Byrne, a known Dublin gangster, was shot dead as he attended a boxing weigh-in at the Regency.

Men dressed as police officers, as well as one man disguised as a woman, entered the hotel and opened fire.

Another man thought to have been involved was captured on camera wearing a flat cap and tracksuit.

Gardai have been attempting to extradite the suspect, nicknamed 'Flat Cap' by Irish media, since February.

Byrne was a key player in the Kinahan cartel and his murder was believed to be a revenge attack for the killing of Gary Hutch in Spain at the hands of the Kinahan mob in September 2015.

The Dublin drugs feud between the Hutch and Kinahan gangs, has now claimed a total of 10 lives, including two innocent men.

New IRA member Michael Barr from Strabane, believed to have been an associate of the man known as Flat Cap, was shot dead by the Kinahans in a Dublin bar in April.

He was accused by the gang of sourcing the weapons used in the Regency shooting.

On Saturday, August 20, police mounted a major security operation in Belfast for fear the fighting would spread to Northern Ireland after a drugs gang linked to the feud organised a private function in a north Belfast pub. However, the meeting ended after an anonymous phone call threat.

Days after the Regency shoot-out, Eddie Hutch Sr, brother of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch was shot dead in his home in the north inner city Dublin.

Since his death a number of relatives of 'The Monk' have been killed or targeted simply because of their family connections.

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