Gangland fixer Gerry Hutch found not guilty of murder at boxing weigh-in event

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    Gerry "The Monk" Hutch has been found not guilty of the murder of David Byrne, 33, at a boxing weigh-in event at Dublin's Regency Hotel on February 5, 2016 in one of the first deadly attacks of the Hutch-Kinahan gangland feud.

    Hutch, 60, was previously said to be confident he would be found not guilty in the case.

    The 60-year-old is said to have barely reacted to the ruling, giving the court nothing more than a slight nod at the news of his not guilty verdict, Irish Mirror reported.

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    "The Monk" had spent a year in custody at Dublin's Wheatfield Prison, and is expected to depart for Spain almost immediately after the court case closes.

    Hutch is believed to have his flights booked already to avoid further arrest or threat of the Kinahan cartel.

    The death of Byrne, 33, is believed to be one of the first in a string of bloody Hutch-Kinahan gangland feud deaths, taking place at the Regency Hotel in 2016.

    The Monk had pleaded not guilty to the charges relating to the murder, of which he was found not guilty at court today.

    Hutch had repeatedly denied any involvement in the murder of Byrne on February 5, 2016, and spent more than a year in custody before a court ruled he was not guilty.

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    A judge at the Special Criminal Court ruled the 60-year-old was not guilty at 3.30pm, with two co-accused men, Paul Murphy and Jason Bonney, found guilty.

    Separately, the pair were found guilty of providing a motor vehicle to a criminal organisation, with knowledge or having been reckless regarding the potential to facilitate a serious offence by the organisation.

    Defence barrister Brendan Grehan asked for his client, Hutch, to be allowed to leave the court as soon as the not guilty verdict was handed.

    Ex-councillor Jonathan Dowdall, who had been convicted of facilitating the murder of Byrne, had previously said he was willing to be a witness in the case of the Byrne shooting.

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