Four charged with murder of dissident in Gormanston

Tuesday 09 July 2013 21.58
Peter Butterly was shot dead in a car park in Gormanston, Co Meath
Peter Butterly was shot dead in a car park in Gormanston, Co Meath

Four Dublin men have been charged at the Special Criminal Court with the murder of dissident republican Peter Butterly.

Mr Butterly, a 35-year-old father of two, was shot dead in the car park of the Huntsman Inn at Gormanston, Co Meath last March.

Edward McGrath, 32, of Land Dale Lawns, Springfield, Tallaght, Dean Evans, 22, of Grange Park Rise, Raheny, David Cullen, 29, of Brackenwood Ave, Balbriggan and Sharif Kelly, 43, Pinewood Green Road, Balbriggan were charged with Mr Butterly's murder on 6 March 2013.

State Solicitor Michael O'Donovan told the non-jury court that the case had been brought before the Special Criminal Court as the Director of Public Prosecutions had certified the ordinary courts were inadequate to secure the administration of justice.

Mr Evans and Mr McGrath were also charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol and seven rounds of 9mm ammunition on the same date.

None of the four accused men stood when requested to as the charges were read to them by the court registrar, while the court heard that Mr Kelly was the only one of the four men to make any reply when charged.

Detective Sergeant Vincent Markey told Mr O'Donovan that he arrested Mr Kelly at his home shortly before 8am.

Det Sgt Markey said the accused man, who appeared before the court wearing a cream top with a dark collar, replied "no" when cautioned.

He agreed with Mr Kelly's solicitor that the accused man had been previously arrested in relation to the investigation and had been twice released without charge.

Det Sgt Markey agreed that he "no difficulties" in finding Mr Kelly for the purposes of making the arrest.

Last March, Mr Evans, Mr McGrath and Mr Cullen were charged in connection with the fatal shooting at a special weekend sitting of the non-jury court.

Mr Evans and Mr McGrath were each charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm Beretta semi-automatic pistol and seven rounds of ammunition with intent to endanger life at the car park of The Huntsman Inn.

They are also each charged with membership of an illegal organisation styling itself the Irish Republican Army, otherwise Óglaigh na hÉireann on the same date.

Mr Cullen was charged with the unlawful possession of a 9mm semi-automatic pistol at Gormanston, Co Meath on 6 March.

There was no application for bail or legal aid on behalf of any of the four men this morning.

Presiding judge Mr Justice Paul Butler remanded Mr Evans, Mr McGrath and Mr Cullen in custody to appear before the court again on 26 July. Mr Kelly was remanded in custody until 16 July.