Judges to decide whether secretly recorded conversation is admissible in Hutch trial

Gerry Hutch will find out this morning whether a secretly recorded conversation between him and former Sinn Féin councillor Jonathan Dowdall can be allowed into evidence.

The judges in the Regency Hotel murder trial have spent the past few days considering the arguments on whether or not the audio is admissible.

Gerry Hutch is on trial for the murder of David Byrne, who was shot dead at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in 2016.

The court hasn’t sat since Tuesday because the judges are considering the legal arguments on the admissibility of a contentious piece of evidence.

After listening to ten hours of a recorded conversation between Mr Hutch and former SF councillor, Jonathan Dowdall, as they drove to Northern Ireland to allegedly meet with Republican contacts of Mr Dowdall’s one month after the shooting, the judges heard from both sides on whether the evidence should be allowed into the case.

The defence claims its inadmissible. They say it was obtained unlawfully and argue most of it was recorded outside the jurisdiction.

The prosecution contends there’s no issue because the bug was deployed, removed and later downloaded on this side of the border.

The judges will make their ruling later this morning.


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