A former Sinn Féin counciller has been charged with the murder of gangland criminal David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin five years ago.
Jonathan Dowdall, 43, was charged before the Special Criminal Court this morning, the fourth person to be charged in the last seven days in connection with what was described as a ‘bloodbath’ in the hotel five years ago, as a feud between Dublin gangland criminals escalated.
On February 5, 2016, a ‘Clash of the Clans’ boxing weigh-in was being staged at the Regency Hotel featuring a number of fighters managed by Daniel Kinahan.
A group of armed men dressed as Gardai, and one man dressed as a woman, burst into the hotel and opened fire, killing David Byrne (34) and injuring several others.
The shooting escalated the feud between the Kinahans and the Hutch crime gangs which has so far led to 18 murders.
Mr Dowdall, a former Councillor, had previously been convicted of waterboarding and threatening to kill a man he believed was trying to defraud him.
Patrick Dowdall, Jonathan’s father, was also sentenced to eight years in prison for his role in the same incident where their victim, Anthony Hurley, was subjected to a lengthy ordeal during which he was told Dowdall was a member of the IRA and that he would be “chopped up” and “fed to the dogs”.
Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy described Mr Hurley’s treatment as “physical and mental torture at the hands of the Dowdalls”.
Patrick Dowdall has now also been charged with knowledge of a criminal organisation and participating or contributing to activities connected to the murder of David Byrne.
Jonathon Dowdall was remanded in custody until June 14th.