Northern Ireland

Boxing weigh-in murder: Court told man stayed overnight ahead of shooting

Police at scene of hotel shooting Image copyright AFP
Image caption David Byrne, 33, was shot dead and two other men were injured in the hotel attack, which Gardaí linked to a gangland feud in Dublin

A man wanted by the authorities in the Republic of Ireland in connection with the murder of a man at a boxing weigh-in, stayed overnight in preparation for his alleged role in the shooting, a court has heard.

David Byrne, 33, was shot dead at the Regency Hotel on 5 February.

The details were given at an extradition hearing in Belfast.

Kevin Murray who was arrested earlier this week at his home in Townsend Street in Strabane was refused bail.

He was arrested by PSNI officers on Monday, using a European Arrest Warrant.

Mr Murray is objecting to a bid by the Irish police, who claim he played a a central role in the hotel shooting, to extradite him to the Republic of Ireland.

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Image caption Shooting victim David Byrne was from Raleigh Square in Crumlin, south Dublin

The details of the overnight stay were revealed by the recorder of Belfast as among the reasons why she was refusing bail to Mr Murray.

She also said that Irish police investigating the killing of Mr Byrne also claimed that Mr Murray could be clearly identified on CCTV footage at the Regency Hotel in Dublin.

Byrne, a 34-year-old father of two from the Crumlin area, was shot dead when masked men dressed as Garda (Irish police) officers opened fire with automatic guns.

Two other men were injured in the attack which police have linked to a gangland feud in Dublin.

A full extradition hearing is expected to take place at Laganside Court in Belfast in the near future.

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